Tun­nel... but risk on Ken

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back. I spoke to him at great length the day be­fore yes­ter­day and told him how im­por­tant it is go­ing to be now for him to get him­self right. And it is the same for every­body, we are go­ing to need all these lads.

“He’ll be build­ing up now, but I won’t rush him. We’re go­ing to have him for 2018 and that is go­ing to be im­por­tant.

“Be­cause of that, I won’t rush him over Christ­mas. You could say pos­si­bly the Ful­ham or Pre­ston games, but I would doubt it be­cause I don’t want to take a risk.

“I’d rather him be out for an­other game than for him to then miss out for five or six.”

Warnock is keen for a re­turn of Zo­hore and other in­jured stars, with Aron Gun­nars­son again a doubt af­ter it emerged his lat­est lay-off is also down to an his­toric prob­lem.

Fringe front­man Fred­eric Gounongbe has also seen his hopes of break­ing into the start­ing side dashed af­ter a new in­jury that Warnock says could keep the Benin in­ter­na­tional out for months.

But, in bet­ter news, Kadeem Har­ris is back train­ing, while Rhys Healey and Lee Camp could be ready to take steps to­wards a first-team come­back in an Un­der-23 match next week. Jazz Richards is an­other of Cardiff’s reg­u­lars who has been hit by in­jury is­sues in re­cent weeks, un­der­go­ing surgery on an an­kle in­jury suf­fered at the start of Oc­to­ber.

“Al­though we’ve coped with all these injuries, like with Jazz, we just have to try and hang in there,” Warnock added.

“I re­ally can’t fault the lads, we’re do­ing re­ally well, the re­sults have been – apart from the first half against Nor­wich – what we’ve de­served.”

> Ken­neth Zo­hore is on the road back from in­jury, but Neil Warnock, be­low left, won’t rush the striker back too soon

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