The £5m central defender is rested by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following his midweek participation in Gabon's Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Lesotho.
Martin Olsson is available again having missed out against Bournemouth before the international break due to a family bereavement, which followed a three-match suspension.
Gary Hooper will have to wait for his first appearance of the season after picking up a dead leg this week having recovered from a calf injury.
Both teams are flying high this season, occupying third and fourth place in the Championship respectively. Their only defeats came against Wolverhampton Wanderers in August.
Cardiff City: Marshall, Brayford, Fabio, Connolly, Morrison, Ralls, Whittingham, Gunnarsson, Pilkington, Jones, Macheda
Subs: Moore, Cala, Le Fondre, John, Adeyemi, Daehli, Maynard
Norwich City: Ruddy, Johnson, Martin, Turner, Hooiveld, Tettey, Olsson, Redmond, Hoolahan, Grabban, Lafferty
Subs: Rudd, Whittaker, Jerome, Garrido, Murphy, O'Neil, Odjidja-Ofoe