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Home / Latest News / Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay ready to unleash great Dane Andreas Cornelius

Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay ready to unleash great Dane Andreas Cornelius

Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay may unleash his great Dane against Manchester City as the hunt for new recruits goes on in the Welsh capital, writes Steve Tucker.

Striker Andreas Cornelius, bought from FC Copenhagen this summer, is fit after his ankle injury and could be utilised as the Bluebirds look to bounce back from a 2-0 defeat at West Ham on the opening weekend of the Premier League.

Cardiff looked blunt in attack at Upton Park, and Mackay may turn to the 20-year-old marksman to provide a greater cutting edge.

The Bluebirds face a massive task tomorrow as Manuel Pellegrini’s star-studded side visit with a spring in their step following their 4-0 rout of Newcastle in their opening game.

And, as they look to prise open the Manchester City defence, which will be without injured skipper Vincent Kompany, big man Cornelius could well provide the answer.

Mackay said: “Andreas has settled in very well, but unfortunately had the injury. He’s been training all week and he’s fine now. He is in contention.”


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Mackay has a fully fit squad to choose from this weekend, but remains hopeful of bringing in at least one new player before the transfer window closes on September 2.

He has been linked with a move for Ecuador international winger Jefferson Montero, who plays in Mexico, but yesterday ruled out an approach for Paris St Germain’s former Liverpool midfielder Mohamed Sissoko.

“We are trying to do more business before the window closes, but I think we are in the same boat as every other team at the moment,” said Mackay.

“We are trying to find the best players we can, but we will only bring someone in if we think that player can improve us. But that player is not someone we are looking at.”

“We have brought in five new signings and ideally I want at least another one.” One of those new signings, John Brayford, could get a first start at right-back tomorrow in place of Matthew Connolly, but skipper Mark Hudson looks likely to remain on the bench as Mackay sticks with new signing Steven Caulker and Ben Turner in the heart of his defence.

The Bluebirds boss stressed however that Hudson remained firmly in his plans.

“It was difficult to leave Mark out, of course,” added Mackay. “He had an injury at the end of last season which led to a minor operation. “We decided to go with Steven Caulker and Ben Turner at Upton Park, but there is no question I see Mark as part of everything that goes on at this football club.

“He is very much in my plans every week.”

Record-signing, Gary Medel, will make his home debut against Manchester City.

The visitors remain hot favourites for the victory tomorrow, but Mackay said his players would go into the sold-out encounter with no fear, and looking to claim their first Premier league points.

And Mackay pointed to his side’s Carling Cup Final appearance in 2012 as evidence that they could mix it with the biggest players in the game.

“We have the same group who went out for the Carling Cup final against Liverpool in front of 90,000 spectators and ran one of the Premier League’s top teams incredibly close,” added Mackay.

“They dealt with the pressures last season and stayed top of the Championship from November onwards.

“Our match against Manchester City is a different test, of course. They are one of the top teams in the country in Europe and among the favourites for the title. We are playing a team who will punish us if we make errors.

“But I have a tight group here with quality players and staff. I have belief in them. We have prepared properly and we go out tomorrow knowing what we have to do.”

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