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TAKING THE MICK: Is McCarthy running out of time at Cardiff?

With no wins in their last four league games and just three all season, Cardiff boss Mick McCarthy knows future is in doubt as they prepare to take on Reading on Saturday.

Cardiff fan Vince wasn't best pleased after West Brom won 4-0 in South Wales in midweek, and he isn't sure how long McCarthy has left if these results continue.

To make things worse, the next game for the Bluebirds after the international break is the big one against Swansea.

Cardiff's last league win came against struggling Nottingham Forest on September 12th, and before that, it was 21st August when they beat Millwall 3-1.

The worry is that McCarthy could walk this side into a relegation battle instead of climbing up the table.

McCarthy hasn't been fully backed in the transfer market by Cardiff owner Vincent Tan, with coronavirus depleting many clubs revenues.

However, that won't come into consideration if the Bluebirds fail to turn this run of bad form around.

McCarthy reacted to conceding five goals against Blackburn last weekend by naming five centre-backs against West Brom in midweek but the Bluebirds still shipped four, leaving the former Republic of Ireland boss with plenty to think about.

McCarthy could recall striker Kieffer Moore, having dropped him to the bench against the Baggies, while Joe Ralls was an unused substitute on his return from a groin injury so could come in.

Lee Tomlin and Isaac Vassell are both long-term absentees.

Meanwhile, Scott Dann could see more action for Reading. The former Crystal Palace defender made his debut off the bench in the midweek defeat by Derby after building up his fitness.

Junior Hoilett was also a substitute and is likely to come back in, while manager Veljko Paunovic must decide whether to stick with George Puscas upfront after substituting him in the 56th minute.

Liam Moore, Andy Rinomhota and Felipe Araruna are not too far away from returns but Michael Morrison and Tom Holmes are longer-term absentees.

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