Cardiff City boss, Neil Warnock could be without midfielder, Joe Ralls for their trip to Reading on Sunday, after he was rushed to hospital shortly after their defeat to Luton Town.
Ralls was set to give a drugs sample after the loss at Kenilworth Road, but was struck down with a mystery illness that means he is a doubt heading into their next league game.
In a pre-match interview (quotes sourced from Wales Online), Warnock issued an update on Ralls, and revealed that the midfielder couldn’t give a drug test sample after the defeat to the Hatters.
“Joe Ralls was one of the lads drug tested on the weekend and he couldn’t give a sample.
“I left him at quarter to seven after the game and he was having a laugh and a joke and all of a sudden he took ill – started vomiting, things like that.”
The 25-year-old was then in hospital, and Warnock sympathised with Ralls over his mystery illness that has disrupted his preparations ahead of their game against Reading this weekend.
“He ended up in A&E overnight on a drip. It just shows you in the space of two hours.
“It just shows you, when you’re as fit as these lads, the slightest thing can just knock you off sync. I felt sorry for Joe. I think the drugs people were going to say it was a missed drugs test. Come on. Common sense.”
Warnock went on to reveal that Ralls has returned to training, although it remains to be seen as to whether he will be fit in time to face the Royals.
“He came in yesterday and he was feeling good. But all I was trying to say is I left him at quarter to seven having a laugh and the poor lad is in hospital overnight on a blinking drip.”
It’s set to be a tricky test for Neil Warnock’s side in front of the Sky Sports cameras, against a Reading side that will be hoping their new signings can make a notable impact at the earliest of opportunities.
They’ll be hoping he can return in time to face the Royals.
Ralls has been in impressive form already for Cardiff this season, and looks as though he’s going to be a key player for Neil Warnock’s side as they target an immediate promotion back into the Premier League.
I’m not sure they’ll come away from the Madejski Stadium with a positive result if he isn’t involved on Sunday.