U21 Match Preview | Charlton Athletic vs. Cardiff City
Cardiff City's U21 side return to PDL action on Monday, November 27th - 2pm KO.
The young Bluebirds will be looking to return from the international break carrying on their good form following their impressive 3-0 victory over Bristol City last time out.
With several City players recently returning from injury, the trip to face the Addicks following the international break will mean a chance for more crucial minutes as they continue to work towards full match fitness.
Monday's hosts are currently one place above City in the PDL South, with a total of 11 points earned from 10 matches played so far this season.
Last time out, they defeated Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 in the Premier League Cup, defeating Ipswich Town 5-0 in their prior match at the start of the month.
With both sides wanting to continue their winning form, the hosts and visitors alike will have to put their best foot forwards on Monday afternoon.
Ahead of Monday's fixture, U21s Manager Darren Purse previewed the fixture with cardiffcityfc.co.uk:
“It’s always difficult in the international break, because everything is up in the air," he began. "It’s excellent for a few of the boys that the First Team boys have been out on international duty. It’s given the opportunity for the manager to take a few of the boys up for training, so they’ve been exposed to that.
"Managing the group within that, it’s been good. It’s brilliant to see Cian Ashford scoring in midweek, with his second goal and second appearance for Wales’ U21. It’s always positive. It’s been an interesting couple of weeks. We’ve been trying to manage workloads with everyone, but haven’t had any games.
“You look at some of the boys that played in the last game, Cameron Antwi, Raheem Conte, and Ryan Kavanagh, they’re all coming back from long-term injuries, so for them to play and have a week or two to recover has been good. After a win, it’s not normally ideal to have a break in the schedule, but for us, it’s probably worked out well going into Charlton.
“It’s an ideal opportunity for them to go and get some more minutes. We’ve got some big decisions with a few of those boys. There’ll be a few going out on loan and a few being kept in the building, so there’s a lot to happen between now and January.
"The biggest thing for me is to get minutes into those individuals and see where they are come January. Hopefully, they’ll be in a good position to either kick on with the U21s or to go out, get some minutes on loan and some first team experience.”