Player News - Cardiff City

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Sol Bamba's dramatic winner in the late-going brought the Bluebirds their 2nd win of the season.

Cardiff City haven't scored multiple goals often this season and it took a Brighton red card but they managed two against Albion in Week 12. Neil Warnock's side came from a goal down through Callum Paterson and then Bamba's late winner.
Source: Espn.com
Nov 10 - 10:30 AM

Joe Ralls has served his suspension and is again available as the Bluebirds welcome Brighton in what will be a huge fixture for both sides.

Ralls, who had been solid but not producing much in the way of fantasy-relevant statistics before being red carded, is back after serving his three match ban. He will likely be back in the starting line-up against Brighton on Saturday. It seems unlikely that he will be any more relevant for fantasy purposes other than the chance of a clean sheet as Cardiff City have been effective defending against bottom half opposition.
Source: BBC Sport
Nov 9 - 2:07 PM

Harry Arter has been ruled out of game week twelve after picking up his fifth caution of the season against Leicester City.

In the build-up to the match, manager Neil Warnock had joked that the Republic of Ireland midfielder would return to the squad having missed the defeat at Anfield seven days earlier with a minor knock. "We’ve got a decent squad with Harry back - fortunately this week he hasn’t got booked in training!" But, on the stroke of half-time, Arter made it into the referees’ note book meaning he will miss the visit of Brighton on Saturday. If Warnock decides to stick with four across the middle, then Junior Hoilett is likely to come on the right with Victor Camarasa switching to a more central role alongside Arun Gunnarsson. The Bluebirds find them selves joint-bottom, only above Fulham on goal difference, although they will feel confident of a turnaround in fortunes with a kind run of fixtures through until the end of 2018.
Source: The Argus
Nov 7 - 5:29 AM

Cardiff City generated some chances but came up short in a 1-0 defeat to Leicester City at Cardiff City Stadium.

Neil Warnock made one change to the side that started at Liverpool last time out, with Harry Arter coming in for Junior Hoilett. Cardiff's best chance of the first half came at the half-hour mark through Victor Camarasa, who smashed a free-kick against the crossbar from the edge of the area. The home side then dodged a nervy moment just before the break when Sol Bamba escaped punishment for blocking Jamie Vardy’s shot from close range with his arm. Demarai Gray's opener after the restart minutes saw the Bluebirds commit numbers forward and get a final chance in stoppage time, but Sean Morrison glanced his header wide of goal. The defeat sees Cardiff drop into the relegation on five points.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 3 - 2:25 PM

Joe Ralls, sent off in Week 10, will begin serving his three-match ban in Week 11 as the Bluebirds travel to the King Power Stadium for an emotionally-charged meeting with Leicester City.

It seems unlikely that Cardiff City overall and Joe Ralls individually would have been tipped for a big performance on the road against a solid mid-table opponent. That their opponent will also be playing for the memory of their recently deceased owner makes it even less likely that things will go well for Neil Warnock's side. Best just to stay away from Ralls or his deputy.
Source: BBC Sport
Nov 2 - 12:18 PM

In a match where Liverpool were the heavy favorites, Cardiff City managed to stay within a sniff of a result thanks to a Callum Paterson goal, but the Bluebirds would then get smashed late on and ended up losing handily, 4-1.

In a David versus Goliath scenario, Goliath got the job done. In a match where Neil Warnock admitted Cardiff had little chance of winning, they did manage to hang in there for the majority of the match, despite Liverpool absolutely dominating possession. What kept them in was not allowing the Reds many chances of counter-attacking, but that was due to Cardiff barely stepping into the final third. Once the Reds made it 2-0 in the second half, it looked settled, but Junior Hoilett sent a low ball in from the right that took a kind deflection straight to the foot of Paterson and he was able to score between Alisson's legs. Thoughts of a comeback were quickly dashed though, as tired legs finally gave way to two more Liverpool goals. Cardiff will go back to the drawing board with a home meeting against Leicester next weekend.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 27 - 12:14 PM

Bobby Reid finally broke out in a big way against Fulham last weekend but don't look for a repeat as the opposition gets tougher in Week 10.

This is in no way to say that Bobby Reid can't be a good Premier League attacker. What it is meant to get across is that the only evidence we have that he is ready to do that right now is a match against a Fulham defense that looks like it might be leaky in the Championship let alone the Premier League. Expect the production to follow the Fulham defense to their match-up with Bournemouth while Reid struggles mightily against Liverpool this weekend and other, Premier League-ready defenses in the weeks to come.
Oct 26 - 2:04 PM

Josh Murphy faces a late fitness test in his quest to feature for Cardiff City against Liverpool on Saturday of Premier League Week 10.

The wide attacker is coming off of a big match against Fulham last weekend in Cardiff City's first win of the season. With a potential injury and a much stiffer test in front of Murphy, expectations should be tempered significantly. The injury doesn't seem like a major one but it may still keep him out. The test is a match at Anfield which should be enough to dissuade fantasy managers from picking Murphy despite his recent production.
Source: BBC Sport
Oct 26 - 2:01 PM

Scoring multiple goals for only the second time this season, Cardiff City left the relegation zone with a 4-2 win over Fulham.

It has been a rough start to the season for the Bluebirds that has them pinned as relegation favourites but a home clash with Fulham was just what the doctor ordered. Cardiff went behind early due to a close finish from Andre Schurrle but Josh Murphy equalized quickly. This game would then become a track meet but Cardiff wouldn’t trail the rest of the way. Bobby Reid (midfielder playing forward), Callum Paterson (Defender playing forward) and Kadeem Harris would all find the back of the net and Ryan Sessengnon would score Fulham’s other goal. It is only the second time that Cardiff has scored more than one goal this season and it takes them out of the relegation zone on goal difference for now.
Oct 20 - 1:10 PM

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing is targeting a return in December after stepping up his recovery from a serious knee ligament injury.

The Bluebirds winger has been side-lined since August after a heavy collision with Huddersfield Town goalkeeper Ben Hamer after just 10 minutes at the John Smith’s Stadium. It was initially feared that Mendez-Laing could miss the remainder of the campaign following a suggestion that he had damaged his anterior cruciate ligament, but tests revealed it was the posterior ligament meaning he could potentially return before Christmas without the need of surgery. "He’s done really well," City’s Head of Medical Services Matthew May said. "He’s a couple of months post-injury now, and he’s just starting on the anti-gravity treadmill. There’ll be a two-week build-up on that before we’ll get him out on the grass. So, we’re hopefully looking to see him back to training and match-play around six weeks from now." Neil Warnock has switched between Josh Murphy and Junior Hoilett in his absence with neither player being able to nail down a starting berth.
Source: Wales Online
Oct 20 - 11:08 AM

Cardiff City had the deck stacked against them from the start but nearly worked out a draw with Tottenham, but the bid came up empty in a 1-0 loss.

The afternoon started off as most would have predicted, with Spurs taking the lead inside the first ten minutes. Despite getting dominated in possession from the opening whistle, Cardiff nearly found an equalizer midway through the first half, but a chip by Josh Murphy just missed a toe poke home by Junior Hoilett. Cardiff began to grow in confidence in the second half as Spurs failed to distance themselves but then Joe Ralls was sent off for sticking a leg out on Lucas Moura who was set to sprint free down the flank. Despite the loss, the Bluebirds nearly pulled off a draw when, not long after the hour mark, a free kick by Victor Camarasa was headed by Sean Morrison but the ball bounced off the post. Spurs then played keep-away effectively enough until the final whistle. Cardiff sit bottom of the table heading into the international break.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 6 - 12:18 PM

Junior Hoilett is back and available after missing the match with Burnley in Week 7.

The Bluebirds need all the help they can get anywhere they can get it sitting joint bottom of the table after seven matches and out of the basement by the narrowest of goal differential margins. Tottenham are certainly not firing on all cylinders and do have some defensive absences but it seems unlikely that Cardiff has enough to trouble them either in defense or going forward. Even with Hoilett back, the expectations should be very limited.
Source: BBC Sport
Oct 5 - 12:35 PM

It is early days but things are looking bleak for Cardiff City's prospects this season as they came away empty-handed at home to Burnley, 1-2.

While all the action occurred in the second half, the first half pretty well summed up the season for the Bluebirds. Both sides were sloppy in possession but Cardiff created a few chances while the Clarets did not. Unfortunately, none could be converted. Josh Murphy had some pep in his step, and it would eventually translate to success as he would score on the hour mark with a solid strike to bag his first top flight goal. That would level the match but Burnley were able to go back ahead ten minutes later for good. Cardiff really needed something from this. They have two points from two 0-0 results against Huddersfield and Newcastle, both opponents ending their matches a man down - certainly not tracking to avoid relegation.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 30 - 1:08 PM

Bruno Ecuele Manga is now the unchallenged right back for Cardiff City after Lee Peltier went down injured for the remainder of 2018.

Given Cardiff City's proclivity for clean sheets, any definitive news about their defense is at least somewhat interesting. With early-season fantasy-favorite Lee Peltier sidelined until approximately the new year, Bruno Manga appears to be locked in as a starter for the Bluebirds after starting only four of the club's first six Premier League matches. Not earth-shattering news but certainly worth noting in deeper fantasy draft leagues.
Source: BBC Sport
Sep 28 - 10:43 AM

Cardiff caught a City backlash on Saturday after the home side were hit for five by the Champions.

Following a midweek loss to Lyon in Europe, the Citizens wasted no time in taking the game to their hosts and scored three quick-fire goals to effectively end the game as a contest in the first half. And things didn’t improve for the Bluebirds in the second forty-five with defender Lee Peltier being stretchered off while receiving oxygen following an awkward fall. "He dislocated it [shoulder] I think. That sort of compounded the afternoon really," mused Neil Warnock following the loss. "I think he'll be out for a few months. That'll leave us a bit thin but hey-ho." The right-back was making only his second Premier League start of the season having lost his place to Bruno Ecuele Manga and he may not appear again in 2018. Peltier will be assessed and he could require surgery to help stabilise the joint.
Source: The Sun
Sep 24 - 4:18 PM



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