Cardiff City boss Neil Harris has provided an injury update ahead of the club’s run of January fixtures, with Arsenal loanee Jordi Osei-Tutu closing in on a return to playing action after being sidelined.
The full back has been nursing a hamstring issue but could well step in training this week with a view to potentially being involved in Cardiff’s FA Cup clash with Nottingham Forest later on in January.
Meanwhile the Bluebirds boss also provided updates on the fitness of Kieffer Moore and Lee Tomlin, with both players also having spent time out through injury of late.
Speaking to Wales Online, Harris had this to say on the trio:
“Jordi is doing parts of training at the moment, the very start of the warm-up, possession, passing drills, but then has to continue his rehab with the sports scientists.
“We’re hoping to have him back in to train at some stage [this] week.
“We’re thinking a chance for the FA Cup game for him to get some minutes, from the start or off the bench.
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“FA Cup would probably be too soon (for Moore), but we’re hoping after that so maybe the middle of January to be back within the group, whether that’s straight back into the team or back into the training group and more likely the end of January.
“We’ll have to see but he’s progressing really, really well.
“Lee Tomlin, we’re looking at February, but to be back on the grass with the players probably the end of January.”
Cardiff will be hoping to have all three players back in the near future as they seek to close in on the play-off places, with the Welsh club currently occupying 12th place at the time of writing.
Osei-Tutu was proving to be a shrewd addition at the time of sustaining his injury and his return will be like a breath of fresh air for the Bluebirds as they navigate through what is a congested January fixture schedule.
The likes of Moore and Tomlin have certainly been the most sorely missed as they are both arguably the club’s best attacking outlets this season in terms of creating goalscoring chances.
I also expect Harris to be eyeing up new recruits in the upcoming transfer window as they have fallen off the pace in the league of late, picking up just two wins from their last five.
In short, welcoming back this trio will be key to picking up the kind of form that they were showing a few months ago.