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Friday 30 September 2016

Pilkington ends four-month nightmare

CARDIFF City hope to see more of Ireland international Anthony Pilkington before the end of the season after the winger finally ended his injury-enforced absence from the side.

Pilkington came off the bench for Cardiff in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to Ipswich Town, his first appearance in over four months, and the club hope that the 26-year-old will now be able to feature in their remaining three games of the season.

"I was never going to give Anthony too many minutes, but it was good to see him back," said Cardiff boss Russell Slade. "We will look to include him again."

Injury has held up Pilkington's progress at international level as he has played just twice for Ireland since last summer, but he will hope to force his way into Martin O'Neill's plans for the summer games against England and Scotland.

Meanwhile, Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer has challenged Ireland U21 cap John O'Sullivan to step up after he made his full debut for the side in midweek.

"I thought he showed in flashes what he is capable of," said Bowyer after O'Sullivan's display in a 2-2 draw with Birmingham.

"I think he has learnt that the power and the pace that he has, and has displayed in League One, at this level people are similar if not quicker and stronger. He has to be able to mix his game up, but we were pleased that we were able to give him his full debut. Now he's got to build on that."

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