Cardiff City headlines as early Coventry team news revealed, Bluebirds’ ‘star boy’ anointed and Wolves’ true January transfer target identified

These are your Cardiff City headlines on Wednesday, September 15.

Early team news

Mick McCarthy will be sweating on the availability of Leandro Bacuna, Joe Ralls and Ryan Giles for the trip to Coventry.

All three missed the game against Nottingham Forest, with Bacuna limping off in the warm-up, Ralls picking up a groin issue late last week and Giles suffering with illness.

Isaac Vassell and Lee Tomlin remain absent.

Kieffer Moore was only deemed fit enough for a place on the bench at the City Ground, but that could change against the Sky Blues.

Mark Robins will be without skipper Liam Kelly as he continues his comeback from injury.

He played 45 minutes for the Sky Blues’ under-23s last week and upped that to 71 minutes against Millwall’s development side on Monday afternoon.

READ MORE: Cardiff City’s best XI is emerging and we could see it soon

Wolves’ Kieffer Moore alternative emerges

Wolves will switch attentions to former Swansea City loan man Renato Sanches in January, with a striker now not a priority.

It emerged yesterday that boss Bruno Lage was shifting his desires away from attacking additions in the winter window.

The Premier League outfit attempted to sign Sanches from French club Lille in the summer, as well as making a very late play for Cardiff’s Kieffer Moore, much to the displeasure of McCarthy.

Our colleagues in the Midlands report that Lage will go back for the Portuguese midfielder when the window opens at the turn of the year.

Bluebirds’ new star boy

Man of the moment Rubin Colwill has sent a message to Bluebirds fans after his brilliant brace at Nottingham Forest at the weekend.

Colwill came off the bench just before the hour mark at the City Ground and turned the game on its head, notching up a poacher’s finish just seconds after his introduction, then bagging a classy second from range on his weaker foot to bring home the three points.

It was a dream come true he admitted after the match and he posted on Instagram last night summing up his emotions.

He wrote: “What a feeling, What a win, First senior goals, Onto tomorrow,” accompanied by various emojis.

His team-mates, including Moore, Perry Ng, Marlon Pack, Will Vaulks, Mark Harris and Joel Bagan were quick to congratulate him, with the latter pair calling him a “star boy”.

Bluebirds tipped to be in play-off mix

Cardiff’s positive start to the season hasn’t gone unnoticed by bookmakers.

Sky Bet still have them to be in the promotion mix at the end of the campaign, along with West Brom, Fulham, Bournemouth, Stoke City, QPR and Coventry, with Sheffield United one of the pre-season favourites dropping down the pecking order.

West Brom 4/9

Fulham 4/7

Bournemouth 6/4

Stoke 11/4

QPR 9/2

Coventry 11/2

Cardiff 13/2

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