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Malky has no worries on McPhail after his early exit.

STEPHEN McPhail felt a 'tightness' in his hamstring before he went off during Cardiff City's 2-1 Capital One Cup defeat at Northampton Town this week.

But manager Malky Mackay says: "It's not serious. Stephen felt a tightness and it would have been stupid for him to play longer.

"He had trained all week and we wanted to give him 45 minutes, but this is a minor setback. Nothing more."

City were missing 16 players from their squad at Northampton, including eight on international duty.

Kevin McNaughton, Mark Hudson, Ben Turner and Andrew Taylor all stayed in South Wales with minor niggles when City travelled, but all four are expected to be fit to face Huddersfield tomorrow.

Mackay will also hope those away with national teams report back fit and well, saying: "It's a crazy situation when international friendlies are thrown into the middle of a cup week and our match against Huddersfield is brought forward.

"But that's life and we just have to deal with it."

Meanwhile, former Cardiff City players Anthony Gerrard (pictured) and Alan Lee both look likely to be left out of newly-promoted Huddersfield's starting line-up for tomorrow night's Championship clash with City (7.45pm).

Peter Clarke and Joel Lynch, who was in the Wales squad for last night's international against Bosnia, are likely to be Town's centre-back pairing, with Gerrard among the substitutes, while Jordan Rhodes will lead the Yorkshire club's attack.

Lee will be alongside Gerrard on the bench as Huddersfield look towards their first season at Championship level for 11 years.

Huddersfield Town (probable, 4-5-1): A Smithies; J Hunt, P Clarke, J Lynch, P Dixon; L Novak, A Clayton, O Norwood, K Southern, S Scannell; J Rhodes.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Aug 16, 2012
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