McCarthy set to make changes for Cardiff with Blues players carrying ‘bumps and bruises’

Bersant Celina was left on the bench at Norwich. Picture: STEVE WALLER

Bersant Celina was left on the bench at Norwich. Picture: STEVE WALLER - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Mick McCarthy has no new injury worries for tomorrow night’s visit of Cardiff City but admits he could make changes to his side as he prepares for the second of three games in just seven days.

Mick McCarthy spoke to the media ahead of the game with Cardiff

Mick McCarthy spoke to the media ahead of the game with Cardiff - Credit: Archant

The Blues drew 1-1 with rivals Norwich in dramatic circumstances on Sunday, with Timm Klose equalising five minutes into added time following Luke Chambers’ header, after which a number of Blues players are carrying ‘bumps and bruises’.

With a visit to Preston coming on Saturday, McCarthy admitted he could make changes to his side.

“We’re all ok and we’re looking forward to it,” McCarthy said.

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“There’s one or two just carrying little knocks, a few bumps and bruises and a few of them are knackered after Sunday because they really put a shift in.

“After this we travel to Preston, which isn’t going to be an easy game, so I’ll use the 19 players available to me as best I can.”

McCarthy set up at Carrow Road with Dominic Iorfa and Jonas Knudsen in wing back roles, in a compact system which made it difficult to find room for the wingers such as Bersant Celina and Mustapha Carayol.

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The Blues boss admitted he may need to switch things up again: “It is (a balancing act) but you’ll have to see what wonderful scheme I’ve come up with for tomorrow.”

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“I was delighted with (the system at Norwich, yeah. It was for a reason because of the way Norwich play and it certainly nullified their threats for most of the game. I thought it was a good performance by us so I think I would revisit it.

“It may be different. Neil’s played a back three at times and has played a back four but I think it will be down to what we want to do and let them worry about us.”

One notable absence at Norwich was Freddie Sears, who was left out of McCarthy’s 18 with the Blues boss disappointed to have to make such a call regarding a player whose effort can not be faulted.

“Let me tell you it’s hard leaving people like Freddie out, who’s so selfless, but striker have got to have some goals and be creating chances for other people,” he said.

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“He understood it. I’ve not really spoken to him about it and he took it as I expected him to.

“At one stage I was looking behind me and had 16 and 17-year-olds on the bench, so it’s nice to have the experience.

“I never like to leave it out – those kind of players, but somebody had to miss out.”