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.
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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The 26-year-old has played a key role in Sheffield United’s promotion push this season, having joined from fellow Championship outfit Brentford last summer.
Should the Blades fail to get over the line, he may wish to test himself in the top flight. The four-year contract he signed in the Steel City last summer could prove to be a stumbling block.
Jansson has become a cult hero at Leeds with his no-nonsense and passionate displays at the heart of the Whites’ defence.
At 28 he is coming into his prime years, and is another that could look for a move should Leeds fail to win promotion to the Premier League.
The youngster has impressed for Brentford this season, so much so that there have been reports linking Arsenal with the ex-Charlton man.
There is little doubt he will become a Premier League defender in years to come, but it remains to be seen when and who for.
The experienced Chester would offer a sense of stability and know-how, having featured for West Brom and Hull in the top flight.
The Welsh international is now 30 and could be keen to have one last crack at the big time, meaning he could be an attractive proposition.
Klose has been with Norwich since 2016, meaning his first season at Carrow Road was as part of a Premier League team.
The 30-year-old knows how to defend and is also handy at the other end of the pitch, scoring three goals so far this season and four in 2017/18.
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