Cardiff City have been dealt a major injury blow with the news that defender Sol Bamba will miss the rest of the 2018/19 season.

As reported by ITV News, Bamba suffered knee ligament damage in Saturday’s Premier League match against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The 34-year-old was stretchered off in first-half stoppage time at Molineux and was replaced by Bruno Ecuele Manga at the heart of the defence.

The Bluebirds went on to lose the match 2-0 with Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez on target for the hosts.

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The Ivorian will undergo surgery to repair a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament later this week, meaning he will play no further part this season.

His absence will be a big blow for manager Neil Warnock, with the centre-back playing a key role in the Bluebirds side this campaign.

Bamba has made 28 top-flight appearances this term, scoring four goals and helping to keep seven cleansheets.

On the injury, Warnock said:

Unfortunately, our biggest fears have been confirmed regarding the injury Sol suffered at Wolves on Saturday. Scans have shown that Sol has ruptured his ACL; he will have an operation on Wednesday and therefore miss the rest of the season. It is a major blow to the squad but I know all of our supporters will join me in wishing him the very best during his recovery.

Cardiff are currently 18th in the Premier League table, two points behind 17th-placed Southampton with nine matches to play.

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