Cardiff City have suffered a setback with an injury to new signing Marlon Pack, whilst there are doubts over the fitness of two more in the squad.
The midfielder has been diagnosed with a leg problem which now appears to be worse than first thought, and could rule him out of action for the foreseeable future.
Speaking ahead of Cardiff’s match against Blackburn, as reported by WalesOnline, Warnock said: “[It’s] longer than I’d ever have thought. It’s a bad one. He’s not going to go under the knife, but it’s what they call a grade three I think, which is the worst. So probably a couple of months.”
Warnock also suggested that Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Callum Paterson are doubts for the weekend, with the later suffering a knock on his knee which could threaten to flare up a previous problem.
He missed the game against Huddersfield as they didn’t want to gamble on the injury recurring, whilst Mendez-Laing is still struggling for fitness after picking up a knock against Reading.
Pack only arrived in South Wales on deadline day for an undisclosed fee, and having played only two games for his new club will likely be very frustrated to be ruled out so early.
This is a big setback for the Bluebirds but they responded well to his absence against Huddersfield with a 2-1 win and have a few options who now have the opportunity to come into the side and impress.
The positive for Cardiff is the injury won’t require surgery and therefore his recovery will be more natural and should happen sooner, and could allow him to make an instant impact on his return.
When he does come back it will be a huge lift for everyone – from the players to the management and also the fans, and Pack himself will be more determined than before to prove his quality.