Cardiff City manager Neil Harris has revealed that Nathaniel Mendez-Laing is set to miss the rest of the 2019-2020 season with an injury, reports WalesOnline.
The 27-year-old was forced off in last Sunday’s game against Sheffield Wednesday just before half-time, and it has been revealed that the forward will play no part in the second half of the season because of a ruptured hamstring following scans.
Harris said: “The early diagnosis of the scan is that he is not going to play again or very unlikely to play again this season.
“So he is certainly ruled out for the foreseeable future.
“Once he sees the specialist on Monday, has the operation probably on Tuesday, we might get more of an idea of whether there’s any hope at all of getting him back sooner than we expect.
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“But at the moment we have to presume it’s worst-case scenario.”
Mendez-Laing was brought to the club in 2017 by Neil Warnock from Rochdale, and he played a major part in their promotion from the Championship at the end of the 2017-2018 season, as well as being a regular during their one season in the Premier League, including scoring twice at Old Trafford on the last day of the season.
He has also been a big part of the current season and has been enjoying good form under Harris so far, including scoring the first goal of his reign at The Cardiff City Stadium.
The winger has made 19 appearances and scored two goals for the Bluebirds this season, but is unlikely to see any more game-time until pre-season.
Mendez-Laing has been a key performer for Cardiff across the season so far and has been a regular on the flanks for the Bluebirds, with him bound to be a loss for any Championship club.
However, Harris has the options available to him in the likes of Josh Murphy and Gavin Whyte who can step into the side and fill the gap for the rest of the season unless the 42-year-old manager chooses to recruit.