Blackpool v Cardiff preview

Blackpool caretaker manager Steve Thompson has no new injury

worries as he prepares for the third match of his present stint in

charge against Cardiff.

The Seasiders remain managerless following Michael Appleton’s

departure to Blackburn last week, with Bradford’s Phil Parkinson,

new Bristol City boss Sean O’Driscoll and MK Dons’ Karl Robinson

all not swayed by interest from last season’s beaten npower

Championship play-off finalists.

It leaves Thompson poised to take their reins once more having

repeatedly stated his interest in replacing Appleton on a permanent

basis.

Winger Matt Phillips has returned to light training following a

toe injury but the match comes too soon for the Scotland

international.

Experienced centre-back Ian Evatt remains sidelined due to bone

bruising in his knee.

Cardiff boss Malky Mackay has no fresh injury worries as his

side look to build on their eight-point lead at the top of the

npower Championship.

Striker Nicky Maynard is the only absentee with his ruptured

cruciate knee ligaments for the trip to Bloomfield Road.

While Mackay is likely to start with the same back four ahead of

goalkeeper David Marshall, he could be set to shuffle his pack in

midfield and attack.

Up front, Heidar Helguson could return to the side in place of

Rudy Gestede who was taken off at half-time in the 0-0 draw with

Ipswich last weekend, while Tommy Smith could be set for a start

after making his return from injury from the bench.

Kim Bo-Kyung and Jordon Mutch are also pushing for returns to

the starting line-up for the televised clash.

With the Bluebirds out of the FA Cup, Mackay will take his side

to Dubai for five days warm weather training ahead of their trip to

Leeds on February 2.