Cardiff City take on Fulham in front of the Sky Sports cameras on Friday evening, where Neil Warnock’s side will be looking to find some consistency in their performances this season.
The Bluebirds are set to be without Nathaniel Mendez-Laing for the game though, with the winger still not having recovered from his injury which hasn’t seen him involved since the defeat to Reading earlier this month.
In a recent pre-match press conference (quotes sourced from Wales Online), Neil Warnock issued an update on Mendez-Laing’s injury.
“Mendez is a strange one, really. He said he was 100 percent fit against Reading, but last half hour we had to put him out on the wing as a passenger and yet they said there was not much wrong with him.
The Cardiff boss insisted that he was taking a cautious approach with the winger, who is likely to be back in action after the international break.
“So we are looking at all the angles, medically, what’s caused this or what is it? So that’s why we are being extra cautious to keep him away, probably not involve him Friday, because then he’s got two more weeks and we can give him two weeks of training and make sure he’s right.
“Because if I’m honest I don’t think we know. It was a hamstring strain, we thought, but the x-ray doesn’t show anything up. So it’s a bit of a strange one really. He said he was fit but couldn’t sprint. So how could he be fit? It doesn’t make sense.”
It’s certainly going to be a tough test for the Bluebirds, against a Fulham side who will be hoping to bounce back from a disappointing defeat to Nottingham Forest in their last league game.
They’ll be wanting him to return to action at the earliest of opportunities.
Mendez-Laing hasn’t been at his best in his two league appearances this season, but when he does return to the squad, he’ll have a point to prove.
I’m still not convinced by Gavin Whyte, and it’ll be interesting to see if Mendez-Laing comes straight back into the starting XI when he is deemed fully fit by Cardiff.