Cardiff City v Blackburn Rovers; Carling Cup; Cardiff City Stadium; Tuesday 29th Nov 2011, KO: 1945

Team News

Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay will see if Mark Hudson and Rudy Gestede reacted positively to training on Monday. Both players have missed the Bluebirds' last two fixtures with hamstring injuries.

Despite captain Hudson and striker Gestede, Mackay has no new injury or suspension worries ahead of the game and looks set to name a full-strength starting 11.

Blackburn Rovers boss Steve Kean can call on David Dunn once more, as the creative midfielder has served out a one-match suspension. It is also thought veteran full-back Michel Salgado will make a comeback from a hamstring injury.

Other defenders Christopher Samba, Martin Olsson [both hamstring], and Ryan Nelsen [knee] are all set to miss out, as the game looks to have come too soon for their recovery.

Paul Robinson is looking as though he will be replaced by reserve 'keeper Mark Bunn, while Radosav Petrovic, David Goodwillie and Simon Vukcevic are all in contention to make a start.


Kean set for meetings


Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean has stated his openness to meeting disgruntled fans.

Kean has also said he will be meeting with the club's owners Venky's to discuss possible transfer targets.

Rovers are now bottom of the Barclays Premier League after their loss at Stoke City was coupled with Wigan's dramatic win at Sunderland.

When quizzed on whether he would be willing to meet some of the fans who have been calling for his head for the past two months, Kean was guarded but indicated his willingness to go through with it.

"I will always take direction from other people at the club more qualified than me to organise something like that," he said. "But if it is going to happen, then I would be available to do that.

"Possibly they might want access and want to know a little bit more about what is going on at Ewood," he added.

"I think there has been a lot of suggestion that they would like to know a little bit more about the organisation and the running of the club.

"That is not my department, but I'm happy to talk on the football side."

Kean was more forthright in his willingness to meet Venky's, however, as he feels a meeting to discuss transfer targets is essential.

"We've got a list and I will get a meeting with the owners in the next three or four days," he said.

"Hopefully we will be bringing in fresh faces and some quality in the window to complement what we have already got."

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