Date:Friday September 9 2011
Cardiff City have a small squad, and have relied on emerging talent like Rudy Gestede and Joe Mason to fill gaps when we have been short of alternative options with both youngsters featuring more than Mackay would have liked this early in the campaign.
Mason has featured in an unfamiliar midfield role, with peter Whittingham forced to adapt in filling the gap as the defensive minded midfielder. Don Cowie also has been tasked with covering more centrally from the right midfield berth.
Those changes were necessary due to injuries to our two natural defensive midfield players. Slovakian youngster Filip Kiss has been surrering with minor hamstring niggles, so is yet to make an appearance for the Bluebirds, yet arrives with good pedigree. Icelandic International Aron Gunnarsson began the season well, but was forced off the field with an ankle injury during the 3-1 win against Bristol City and has not featured since.
The loss of those two hit the Bluebirds, but thankfully both are back in full training and both hoping to feature in tomorrow's home game against Doncaster Rovers.
The inclusion of either gives license to unleash creative playmaker Petrer Whittingham in a more advanced role. The former Aston Villa man has excellent vision and range of passing, while he is also highly dangerous shooting from 25 yards. With Whittingham given freedom and license to roam forward, the likes of Conway, Miller and Earnshaw will surely benefit from better service.
Additionally, either player will provide better cover to the problem defensive unit. They are more natural to this role than Whittingham and will hope to break up play, cut out attacks and add a more physical presence in the midfield battle.
Another returnee is Steve McPhail, finally back in contention after overcoming his viral problem and undergoing a separate 'pre-season' regime to other squad members.
rom next to no options, to having Whitts, Cowie, Gunnarsson, Kiss, Blake and McPhail available.... the returnees surely spell good news for Cardiff City as we look to consolidate our place in the top 10.
This week saw Cardiff City Football Club, and football in general overshadowed by the tragic and untimely death of lifelong Bluebirds fan Mike Dye. Mikey was known to many around the club and many were extremely saddened and hurt to hear of the incident which took his life. Circumstances surrounding the events of Tuesday events have not been helped by some upsetting and ill-founded press reports, with some despicable and hurtful allegations made by supposedly reputable media sources.
If you are able, and would like to make a contribution to Mikey`s partner Nathalie, and their children as they try to come to terms with this tragedy, please donate here.
Date:Friday September 9 2011
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