Football - Noone news is good news

Cardiff are boosted by the return of winger Craig Noone for the trip to Blackburn.


The former Plymouth man has enjoyed a productive start to life in south Wales after moving from Brighton and he is available for selection again after serving a one-match ban for his red card against Derby.

Bluebirds' boss Malky Mackay was without a number of key players during November but is relieved that the majority of them have now returned to action ahead of the trip to face Henning Berg's men.

"I was delighted to get Ben Turner and Andrew Taylor back, they are two big players for me," Mackay said. "And I was delighted to get Jordon Mutch back on Sunday.

"I had Don Cowie and Kevin McNaughton back on the bench as well. So to have them back and Noone back for Friday night, after coming through a period in November where we were ravished by five or six first players missing, gives us great hope."

Tommy Smith is also close to a return and the former QPR man is targeting the December 15 clash with Peterborough for a return from the hamstring injury that has kept him out since October.

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