McPhail and Taylor face late fitness tests before Hull

Malky Mackay
Mackay is "proud" to have three Scots in the senior squad.

Cardiff manager Malky Mackay is "thankful" to have no new injury concerns but midfielder Stephen McPhail (groin) and defender Andrew Taylor (hamstring) face late fitness tests.

Injuries to key players have blighted Cardiff, with strikers Rob Earnshaw and Rudy Gestede still out.

Five players were missing in Wednesday's 2-1 win over Southampton but prospects are better against Hull.

"The group from Wednesday are all fit and well thankfully," Mackay said.

"We have got a couple from those who have been out injured that are touch and go.

"We've got Ben Turner and Dekel [Keinan] back which is great news."

Midfielder Ben Turner was on the bench against Southampton and has yet to play for Cardiff since his move from Coventry in the summer. Keinan came off the bench in the 95th minute.

Cardiff's 2-1 defeat of Southampton put the Welsh side in the Championship play-off zone.

After their trip to the KC Stadium on Saturday, Cardiff will have a fortnight's break for internationals and Mackay says "a few more" should be available afterwards.

He added: "It will be good for everyone here to have a couple of days to have a breather and get the guys back fit again.

"The players who have been playing need to come back with fresh minds for the next window of games."

The Bluebirds manager will make a late decision on McPhail and Taylor's fitness.

He said: "We will see how they go today [in terms of] whether I risk taking them, or whether the most benefit will be for them to get another week's training before coming back for the Ipswich game."

Three of Cardiff's squad have been called up to the Scotland team for their matches against Liechtenstein (8 October) and Spain (11 October).

Mackay insisted: "I'm really delighted, Kenny [Miller] has been a fixture but I'm delighted Don Cowie has impressed enough to be picked.

"Also David Marshall had his injury last year but to be involved in the squad again shows his form."

Full-back Kevin McNaughton missed out on selection and Mackay said: "I've never spoken to him about it but Kevin can only do what others do - play as well as you can for your club side and hope something comes around.

"You have got to be consistent and sometimes it just happens."

Commentary of Hull v Cardiff live on BBC Radio Wales' SE FM, Saturday 1330-1830 BST.

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