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Kenwyne Jones during a Cardiff City open training session
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Striker Kenwyne Jones worked one-to-one with a fitness coach during an open training session at Cardiff City Stadium.

Manager Russell Slade, though, confirmed that Jones is in contention for a place in the Bluebirds’ matchday squad against Fulham at home this Saturday.

Jones arrived back from international duty last Wednesday, having played four full Gold Cup matches for Trinidad and Tobago in America.

Slade had hoped to include Jones against Bournemouth in City’s final pre-season match, but decided not to risk him.

“Kenwyne has played a lot of football and we are easing him back in,” said Slade. “He is fit, but we didn’t want to rush him back too quickly after all the playing and travelling he has done.”

Slade is keen to have Jones in his squad this season and says rumours of interest in the powerful forward from Sheffield Wednesday are off target.

“I don’t know anything about that, nothing at all,” says Slade.

“Kenwyne is a Cardiff player and part of our plans.”

Club officials have also confirmed they did not receive a bid from Major League Soccer club Columbus Crew for Jones, who finished last season on loan with Bournemouth and helped them clinch the Championship title and promotion.

He played every minute of his country’s four matches against Guatemala, Cuba, Mexico and Panama, scoring two goals in a campaign that saw them lose on penalties to Panama in the quarter-finals.

The former Stoke, Sunderland and Southampton forward has a year left on his Cardiff contract and Slade insists he will be staying with the club despite rumours of interest from Columbus Crew.

Italian striker Federico Macheda is back in training with Cardiff, but is still on his way back from a back injury.

Aron Gunnarsson trained with the main group after recovering from a hip problem, while central defenders Bruno Manga and Ben Turner were both at Cardiff City Stadium for treatment during the open training session.

They chatted to fans after being in the team photograph.

Manga was walking freely, although he is still on the mend from a knee injury, while Turner was wearing a protective plastic boot on an ankle.

Macheda, Manga and Turner will all miss this Saturday’s Championship opener against Fulham.