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Bellamy set for Cardiff return

Craig Bellamy came through the midweek international fixtures unscathed Photo: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

Cardiff City are set to welcome Craig Bellamy back to the City Stadium for their season opener against Huddersfield this evening - but that may still not be enough for some disgruntled fans.

The Bluebirds get their Championship season up and running against the league newcomers who return to the second tier of English football following a successful League 1 playoff campaign.

But the return of local boy Bellamy from Liverpool, who played on loan in the Welsh capital the season before last has not been enough to convince some disgruntled fans to forgive and forget, following the club's decision to change their home colours for the 2012/13 campaign.

A highly controversial investment move by club owner Dato Chan Tien Ghee has seen the Bluebirds ditch their home colour of blue for red, a colour considered far more marketable in Gee's home country of Malaysia.

The move sparked furious protest from fans during the off-season and at one point placed the club in considerable danger when the owner retracted the plans, and the knock-on investment it would bring.

But after fans groups moved to dispel thoughts that the club were against their owners the plans were eventually re-instated in time for the new season.

It is expected some fans will protest against the plans before tonight's game.

On the field Malky Mackay's side will need a much improved performance after their disappointing midweek League Cup loss to Northampton Town.

That side was decimated by unavailability due to international call-ups but Mackay is confident that all his charges have come through unscathed and will be available for selection.

Speaking on Thursday Mackay "The ones that were on international duty, we're hoping that every one of them is available".

"There weren't any phone calls after the games last night to say otherwise."

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