McPhail getting back to fitness, says Mackay

CARDIFF CITY boss Malky Mackay insisted the club’s Irish midfielder Stephen McPhail is “fit and well” but revealed that the 31-year-old is currently being investigated for side-effects from the treatment of a condition known as Sjogren’s Syndrome.

The club’s announcement comes following internet rumours that the former Republic of Ireland international, who successfully underwent treatment for cancer two years ago, was seriously ill.

McPhail was diagnosed with stage one MALT lymphoma in late 2009 and underwent radiotherapy, returning to action for the club the following February. Last season, he made 25 appearances for the Bluebirds.

However, McPhail’s absence from Cardiff’s recent pre-season friendlies had given rise to renewed concern about his health. But his manager said yesterday that McPhail is still in remission although currently experiencing side-effects from treatment for Sjogren’s, whose symptoms can include dry eyes, dry mouth, joint-ache and fatigue.

“Stephen is currently undergoing investigations for possible side-effects of his ongoing treatment for Sjögren’s Syndrome,” he said.

“He received treatment for a stage one lymphoma and remains in remission while being dealt with by experts in the field.

“As a club we are fully behind Stephen as he bids to return to full training at the earliest opportunity. He is fit and well and is a part of what we are looking to achieve at Cardiff City.”

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