Cardiff City manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has stated that summer signing from Federico Macheda is unlikely to be fit for the midweek match against Coventry City in the League Cup. Cardiff come on the back of a 1-1 draw with Blackburn Rovers on the opening day of the Championship. Despite being a tough away match, Cardiff managed to take the lead in the first half through former Stoke City striker Kenwyne Jones. The forward has dropped down the division in order to get regular first-team football, but he has shown no signs of fading in quality.
Blackburn did not take long to equalise after Cairney scored in the 40th minute, but this was a result that pleased manager Solskjaer given that Blackburn had a number of top players in their ranks. Despite relegation from the Premier League two years ago, Blackburn still have quality players like Jordan Rhodes in the squad. Cardiff, meanwhile, have strengthened the squad substantially with the signings of players like Federico Macheda. The former Manchester United man has come to the club on a free transfer, but he was not available for this match due to a hamstring injury.
The Italian is unlikely to be fit for the League Cup according to Solskjaer. Cardiff are unlikely to focus much on the League Cup, as the home match against Huddersfield Town looms in the background.
“We can play loads better football than this but we dug out a result. It was never going to be a pretty game. It’s the first game, it’s away from home and they don’t let you settle. They play a very direct style of football and have got [Rudy] Gestede and [Jordan] Rhodes as an outlet all the time. They caused us problems with Tom Cairney and Craig Conway. I don’t think Kiko [Macheda] will be ready for Wednesday, but Javi will be ready,” said Solskjaer.