New Cardiff City boss Neil Harris has provided an squad injury update ahead of his first match in charge of the side against Charlton on Saturday afternoon.
Harris was confirmed as Cardiff’s new head coach last weekend following Neil Warnock’s departure earlier that week, and the former Millwall manager will be looking to improve the Bluebirds’ fortunes following an indifferent start to the campaign.
The 42-year-old has been taking Bluebirds training for the first time this week as he aims to become accustomed with his squad, but is has now emerged there are now a number of injury doubts within the squad ahead of the weekend.
Speaking to WalesOnline, Harris has now provided an update on the fitness status of key trio Sean Morrison, Robert Glatzel and Joe Ralls who were all absent for Cardiff’s defeat to Bristol City before the international break.
“Mozza [Morrison] is looking OK, trained all week, Jazz [Richards] and Armand [Traore] haven’t played so aren’t there,” he said.
“Glatzel has a tight hamstring so we’ll make a decision on that. Ralls is a superstar but need to get him fit as well.”
It appears Harris will need to make a series of late decisions on his players’ availability ahead of the Charlton clash, with this match being an opportunity for Cardiff’s first league win of the season in the new head coach’s first game in charge.
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It will come as a boost to Cardiff supporters that some of their more experienced players are firmly on the recovery trail, with Morrison’s expected return set to give Harris plenty of defensive depth for the Addicks clash.
Cardiff are also short of attacking options with Danny Ward suspended for the trip to London so Glatzel’s return would also be welcomed, particularly if he could find his goalscoring form with a new manager in charge.
Harris also recognises the importance of Ralls to the Cardiff side and it is crucial the Welsh side get him back fit as soon as possible, and it seems he is certainly on the mend ahead of the weekend after missing the last match.