The BBC have reported that Cardiff City wideman Kadeem Harris has will undergo surgery on an ankle injury that will see him miss the start of the Bluebirds’ season.
The report goes on to state that Harris could be out for up to three months, in the wake of the operation, due to take place on Monday, two days after Neil Warnock’s side open their second tier season with a trip to Nigel Clough’s Burton Albion.
Former Sheffield United boss Warnock revealed the disappointing news, on the eve of the season, stating, “We have lost him for two or three months, I should imagine, which is a blow to us.”
Harris had clearly undergone a solid pre-season, and was a part of Warnock’s first-team plans as he seeks to continue the Bluebirds’ steady improvement from the second half of last season, with the former Crystal Palace manager revealing, “He was flying. It’s disappointing for him and for us but that’s life, you have to get on with it.”
Speaking more generally about his side’s prospects for the coming season, Warnock admitted that the quality within his side should see them as little more than top-half contenders, but his eternal optimism, and desire to succeed for the Cardiff fans has seen him set his sights a little higher, even in the absence of Harris.
“My head says we should finish in the bottom half, and mid-table would be a reasonable season. But my heart wants more a bit more than that. That’s our objective, you always have to aim for the top… in any walk of life. I don’t see any reason why we should not aim higher than mid-table. The fans down here have been fantastic to me… I love to make people smile,” Warnock concluded, confirming that, typically, he is happy to play the underdog and ruffle a few feathers.
The long-term absence of Harris is undoubtedly a bitter blow for Cardiff to swallow – the winger would have been penciled in as a starter under Warnock, and a reliable source of creativity for hotshot Kenneth Zohore in attack.
He made 37 league appearances, netting four times and laying on four assists for team-mates, but Warnock, as he always, will about making the best of his lot and will doubtless find a creative solution.
As for Cardiff in general, Warnock’s assessment is spot on, yet despite his optimism, I don’t see a play-off push on the cards in South Wales this season.
Cardiff fans – how big a miss will Harris be? Who should come in to replace him? Let us know in the comments below…