Cardiff City confirm loan signing Haris Vuckic will not return

Haris Vuckic

Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay has confirmed loan signing Haris Vuckic will not be returning to the club.

The Slovenia midfielder had hoped to be at Cardiff until the end of the season but has been called back to Newcastle United to cover for injury problems.

It is a blow for the Bluebirds who could do with him after suffering a 3-0 home defeat to Hull in midweek.

"Newcastle have picked up injuries in the last week which means he now has to be on their bench," said Mackay.

"We obviously wanted to keep him.

"He is a talented individual who is going on to do very well in his career.

"Sometimes these things happen and Newcastle had three injuries that they didn't legislate for.

"Haris is a terrific young lad to [have] around the place. He is going to be a real talent."

Vuckic, 19, made five appearances for Cardiff City during February and March and both Mackay and Pardew had hoped he would make more, especially after scoring Cardiff's second goal in the victory over Peterborough.

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"[He was] someone that [Newcastle manager] Alan [Pardew] felt [would benefit from] coming in here and picking up Championship experience for his career.

"Alan and myself go back a while and we are good friends. It was something he highlighted that he hoped wouldn't have to happen.

"Because personally he wanted him here and he wanted him to be part of our squad. Haris himself was desperate to stay until the end of the season.

"Because he felt it would improve his game no end and I think there were signs that was beginning to show."

The news on Vuckic is an obvious blow to Mackay as he looks to bounce back from the Hull defeat at home to Burnley on Sunday - the first of 10 games remaining in the Championship.

Cardiff are not helped that striker Rudy Gestede misses out with a hamstring strain and the game comes too early for midfielder Stephen McPhail, who is back in training after illness.

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