Cardiff winger Nathaniel Mendez-Laing has issued a motivated message regarding his injury recovery after undergoing surgery on a serious hamstring problem.
Mendez-Laing sustained the injury during Cardiff’s 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday over the festive period, and the nature of the problem means he now looks set to miss the rest of the Bluebirds’ Championship campaign.
The 27-year-old had been enjoying a solid run of form for the South Wales side after starting every league match under new boss Neil Harris, whereas he had struggled to hold down a place in the side under Neil Warnock’s management.
However, Mendez-Laing’s strong progress has now been interrupted by this significant hamstring issue, and Harris will need to turn to the likes of Josh Murphy and Gavin Whyte to occupy Cardiff’s flank going forward.
Mendez-Laing has now taken to Instagram after undergoing surgery on his hamstring, with the former Peterborough man asserting that the hard work starts now regarding his injury recovery.
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The Birmingham-born attacker had scored two goals in his 19 appearances for Cardiff this term, but he will now be unable to contribute to their play-off push in the second half of the season, with the Bluebirds now sitting 12th in the table.
Mendez-Laing’s season-ending injury represents a huge blow for Cardiff’s hopes this season, particularly given that the winger was showing improved form at the club under the guidance of Harris.
However, the Welsh side are fortunate in the sense they possess a number of attacking options to call upon in the likes of Whyte, Murphy and Junior Hoilett, while Harris could also dip into the transfer market if he needs to.
The good news is that Mendez-Laing appears determined to fight back from his injury lay-off, but it seems unlikely that he will be able to make a return by the end of the season.