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Matthews 'fit' for Ipswich visit

Adam Matthews
Matthews limped out of Wales U21's defeat to Bosnia-Hercegovina

Cardiff teenager Adam Matthews says he is fit for Sunday's visit of Roy Keane's struggling Ipswich Town.

The 17-year-old missed Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Barnsley because of a groin injury picked up on Wales Under-21 duty in Bosnia-Hercegovina last week.

"I missed the last few days of training because of the injury but I trained on Tuesday and felt fine," he said.

"But if I don't get back in the team, I won't be too disappointed as I know there are good players in the team."

Matthews has enjoyed a meteoric rise since breaking into the Bluebirds first team at the start of the season.

Before his injury, he held down the right full-back position and made 13 appearances, received a call into the Wales senior squad and made his debut for the U21s.

"At the start of the season, I didn't think I'd start many games and maybe make a few appearances as sub," Matthews added.

"Obviously it's been much better than I expected and I hope to keep it going. In the games I've played, I feel I've contributed to the team and done well."

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And Cardiff midfielder Chris Burke, who has played in front of Matthews on the right, has praised the youngster who has been linked with a move to Arsenal.

"He's a fantastic talent," said the 25-year-old Scotland international who joined last season from Rangers.

"Getting called up to the Wales squad just shows how well he is doing this season.

"He's got the world on his shoulders and he's got a great future ahead of him. Hopefully he can go far in the game."

Matthews is likely to battle with just Paul Quinn for a starting place in Sunday's match at the Cardiff City Stadium, as Kevin McNaughton limped out 20 minutes into his return from a different injury on Saturday.

The Bluebirds have slipped to fifth in the Championship, below arch-rivals Swansea following defeat in the south Wales derby a fortnight ago and to Barnsley at the weekend, along with being held at home to Nottingham Forest.

"We are at home in the next two games and they are important matches because we've taken only one point out of the last nine, which isn't the best," Matthews told Cardiff's official website.

"I think on Sunday we can get it right and get a good run going.

"Ipswich are in a false position near the bottom. They have a lot of good players and I'm expecting a tough game but our boys can get the three points."



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