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MUCH-TRAV­ELLED former England striker Jay Bothroyd wants to re­turn to Cardiff dur­ing the win­ter in or­der to main­tain his fit­ness as the Ja­panese do­mes­tic cam­paign draws to its con­clu­sion.

The 33-year-old scored 45 goals in three sea­sons be­fore leav­ing Cardiff for QPR in 2011.

His colour­ful ca­reer has also in­cluded spells with Peru­gia in Italy and Thai club Muangth­ong United and he is cur­rently on the books at Ja­panese sec­ond tier side Ju­bilo Iwata.

But with their sea­son fin­ish­ing at the end of Novem­ber, Bothroyd is ey­ing up a short­term re­turn to Wales.

“I’m back at the end of the month, so I’m sure I’ll see more Cardiff games then,” said Bothroyd.

“I might ask Vin­cent Tan if I can do some train­ing be­fore I re­turn for next sea­son, which starts in Ja­pan in Fe­bru­ary.”

Ahead of yes­ter­day’s visit from Read­ing, Cardiff had reg­is­tered one win in six games and Bothroyd be­lieves the play­ers should stand up and be counted.

“All the top play­ers I played with led by ex­am­ple,” he added. “There are no char­ac­ters in that dress­ing room.”

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