Lee Tomlin has been an integral part to Cardiff City so far this season as he has been at the heart of all their good play across the campaign.
He has got the fans on the edge of their seats with one dazzling moment of magic that has been able to change a game while he has helped lead the Bluebirds into the top half of the table.
Neil Harris has put his faith in Tomlin since he was appointed manager back in November and the 31-year-old playmaker has been a revelation in the last few months.
The former Bristol City star’s season has been hit by injury however and he is set to miss up to the next eight weeks.
The attacking midfielder suffered a knee injury last week in training when chasing back to defend during a drill and he has now been placed on the sidelines until further notice.
Tomlin could miss as many as the next ten games through injury with the Bluebirds seeing their play-offs hit as a result.
Harris will now have to decide which player is best suited to fill the gap left by his star man across the course of the next few months.
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There is one star at Cardiff who will be wanting to step into the breach for the time being and that man is Joe Ralls.
The 26-year-old has been on the sidelines for the best part of the last two months with two games being played and injury being suffered in each.
The talented midfielder will be wanting to grab any chance that he may get in Tomlin’s role to prove that he is capable of featuring as the attacking midfielder behind the striker.
Ralls definitely has the ability and attributes to feature in that role as a free spirit.
He brings a creative edge to the side and will flourish if the shackles are let off of him for the next couple of months once he returns to full fitness.
He would struggle to get into the team in front of Marlon Pack and Will Vaulks at the current time but the right role has now emerged in front of the pair.
The midfielder has often struggled when it comes to defensive responsibilities but he may do better if he was allowed to roam behind the striker and his technical ability speaks for itself when it comes to making the right decision in the final third.
Ralls could be the man to replace Tomlin for now and he will have to take the chance.