Cardiff City manager Neil Harris says attacker Lee Tomlin will be out of action for some time with a groin injury.
Tomlin made his first appearance in five games for Cardiff when he came off the bench in the defeat away at QPR on Saturday.
However, the 31-year-old was then absent from the Bluebirds’ matchday squad for their 3-0 win at home to Barnsley on Tuesday night, and it seems Harris may live to regret playing Tomlin at the weekend, with the attacker now seemingly facing an extended spell on the sidelines.
Providing an update on Tomlin following that win over the Tykes, Harris was quoted by BBC Sport as saying: “It’s just issues with the groin from playing just under 30 minutes the other day.
“It doesn’t look like he is going to be fit for Friday (against Bristol City) or the coming weeks, so we’ll have to see what unfolds daily with Lee Tomlin.”
So far this season, Tomlin has made five Championship appearances for Cardiff, scoring once in their 2-1 defeat to Reading.
Following their win over Barnsley, Cardiff are now 11th in the Championship table, and are in action for the final time before the November international break on Friday night, when they host Bristol City in the Welsh capital.
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This news on Tomlin will be a significant blow for Cardiff.
Tomlin has become a rather influential figure for the Bluebirds over the past year or so, meaning they will not have wanted to lose him for any major length of time.
With that in mind, you feel that the international break is about to come at a good time for them, since it gives them an opportunity to start Tomlin’s recovery without him missing as many games as he might have done.
Even so, after seeing his decision to use Tomlin at the weekend come back to bite him here, you have to wonder whether Harris may now be more cautious with how he uses the attacker in the future.