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Cornelius eyes return to team

Cardiff City striker Andreas Cornelius is eyeing a return to the starting line-up having recovered from a lengthy lay-off.

The 20-year-old signed from FC Copenhagen for a reported fee of 8million during the summer, although he has been limited to just three Premier League appearances so far due to an ankle injury picked up in August.

Cornelius has made late substitute appearances in the Bluebirds' last two games - against Manchester United and Arsenal - but understands that he will have to work hard to cement a regular place.

"I have been training with the team for a couple of weeks now," he told Ekstra Bladet.

"It's going well and I am keen to show what I can do. But I am fully aware that I have to prove myself before I get the chance to play from start.

"I cannot expect to play from the start when I have just recovered from injury. But it is only through my displays that I can convince the manager to give me a chance.

"I have got patience and I hope that the chance will come."

The Denmark international also spoke of the support he has received from Cardiff fans so far, admitting that he has been overwhelmed by their passion for the game.

"Football is like a religion here," he said.

"People are getting in touch to talk football and want to know when I will be fit to play. They want to take photos and are very enthusiastic.

"What has impressed me in the atmosphere - particularly when we play at home. It's terrific. It is truly fantastic how our supporters encourage us."