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Our eagle eyed team at Bluebirds Banter found this Safee Sali video on the internet. Pictures and interviews taken at the Cardiff City Stadium.

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Aron Gunnarsson appears to have recovered from the injury that he sustained against Bristol City, during the first home game of the season, in only his second competitive appearance for the Bluebirds.

Born in Akureyri, Iceland, he started his professional career with his local side, of the same name, back in 2005.

A year later, he signed for Dutch Eredivisie side AZ Alkmaar, where he only managed to make 1 appearance in two seasons at the club.

In 2008 Coventry City signed the Icelandic international on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee and after his first season with the Midlands club he was voted the Coventry City Supporters Player of the Year.

Gunnarsson attracted Premier League interest in his first season, which led to Coventry offering him an improved contract.

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The Malaysian David Beckham Safee Sali spent the week on trial at Cardiff City. Here he is training at the Cardiff City Stadium with the team.


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On Wednesday, a patched up Cardiff will face their toughest test yet as the current league leaders and form side Southampton visit the Cardiff City Stadium. The Saints finished second in League One last season and have managed to maintain that momentum in the Championship, winning six of their first eight games, drawing at Burnley in their last outing having previously lost at Leicester.

Within their ranks they also boast the brightest talent currently plying his trade outside the Premier League. The Saints Academy has already produced the likes of Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Gareth Bale, Adam Lallana is their latest find and he is blazing his way through the second tier and poses a serious threat to Malky Mackay's men.

Having previously been the subject of transfer speculation, linking him with £8m moves to both Chelsea and Spurs, Lallana was briefly linked with Cardiff under Dave Jones in the winter transfer window. With his contract entering its final few months, Lallana ended any speculation of a cut price move by signing a bumper new four and a half year contract.

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Don Cowie has already chalked up over 1050 minutes of football this season, playing the full 120 in a couple of Carling Cup ties, with a further two games in the space of four days upcoming before the month is out.

Barring injury, Cowie will play both games, taking his total to around 1230 minutes played, he should be running on fumes but he looks as fresh as a daisy, Don Cowie is indeed a machine.

Cowie has been the most impressive of Malky Mackay's many signings thus far, able to play anywhere across the midfield but stationed on the right for Cardiff.

Not a winger in the traditional sense, but he is intelligent, no frills and economical in his play with good distribution and an eye for goal.

He already has four goals in eight appearances, two of which have been headers and has also featured in Scotland's recent European Championship qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Lithuania.

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