No fears over ex-Sunderland ace Fraizer, says Cardiff boss Malky Mackay

NO INJURY FEARS ... striker Fraizer Campbell.
NO INJURY FEARS ... striker Fraizer Campbell.
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CARDIFF boss Malky Mackay insists he has “no concerns” over Fraizer Campbell’s injury record despite the striker spending 17 months on the sidelines at Sunderland.

Campbell completed his £600,000 move to the Championship leaders earlier this week, just a year after returning from the career-threatening injury.

The 25-year-old was out of competitive action for 17 months after damaging cruciate knee ligaments in August 2010, and then suffering a relapse as he attempted to make a comeback the following April.

But after avoiding any side-effects since returning to first-team action last January, and earning a subsequent England call-up, Mackay believes Campbell has proven he has overcome his injury woes.

Mackay said: “We’ve no concerns about the injury. Fraizer has been through a full and thorough medical.

“We actually spoke to the surgeon who did the operation on Fraizer, we know him through our medical staff, and that helped satisfy us.

“Fraizer has now been fit for a year so I have absolutely no concerns about his fitness.

“He managed to force his way back into the Sunderland team, and he got an England cap.

“It is an injury and a recovery process that a lot of players have been through.”

Cardiff beat off competition from Hull City to land Campbell after Tigers boss Steve Bruce had looked in pole position to complete a third raid on his former club, following the signings of Ahmed Elmohamady and David Meyler.

But Cardiff’s offer and ability to match Campbell’s Sunderland wages saw them crush Hull’s interest, with Mackay confident that the former Manchester United man could be key in the promotion battle.

“We were very pleased to get him. He is someone who has been on our radar for quite a few months,” added Mackay.

“We had been tracking him and hoping it would come to fruition.

“We were very grateful to Sunderland for the way they handled things. They were great to deal with.

“Fraizer is someone we felt could bring a bit of an edge to the group, someone who could come in and make an impact.

“I’m very pleased he chose Cardiff because he had various other options.”