Light at the end of Cardiff won’t take
NEIL Warnock claims Kenneth Zohore is seeing the light at the end of the tunnel after finally getting to the bottom of his injury problem, admitting his return to could be key to Cardiff City’s bid to be even better.
But Warnock is still prepared to wait until the start of 2018 before unleashing the Danish star back into the Championship promotion race.
Zohore has missed almost two months of action after an ankle problem was compounded by the discovery of problems from a previous injury that eventually saw the 23-year-old undergo surgery.
An initial ligament problem was diagnosed as to be cured by rest, only for Zohore to complain of further pain and leave Warnock doubting his desire to return.
But after specialists discovered old scar tissue and advised for the frontman to go under the knife, Warnock reckons Zohore is now well on his way to recovery.
“He was in so much pain and we talked about him running it off, going through the pain because it was scar tissue,” said Warnock, speaking ahead of Monday’s trip to Reading.
“But he was adamant how painful it was and we might have doubted it – I might have doubted it as well.
“But when the surgeon went in it was one of the worst he’d ever seen, he had never seen so much scar tissue in one area, so the pain really was legitimate.
“We’ve got to the bottom of it now and sorted it and you can see the relief on his face because he knows he just has to get himself fit.
“I know it sounds silly when he is injured, but he looks bright again because he knows we’ve got to the bottom of his problem.”
Zohore’s absence has been a big blow for Warnock’s side, with the player wanted by Brighton and Everton this summer initially only predicted to miss one week – but has so far been unavailable for Cardiff ’s last eight games. Including his match-winning strike in the opening day win at Burton, last year’s top scorer has managed just three goals so far this term. Yet, with summer signings Danny Ward and Omar Bogle stepping in, the Bluebirds have shown a strength in depth to continue their impressive form, heading into Monday’s clash at Reading second in the table and currently six points clear of the chasing pack. But Warnock reckons Zohore’s return will prove his prediction that his men can improve in the secondhalf of the season to live up to their promotion promise – yet he’s still not ready to risk him. “We’re just happy going along as we are, I am sure people like Sheffield United are as well,” said Warnock after last Friday’s win over Norwich made it four successive wins for the Bluebirds. “We were not supposed to be up there. So, let’s treat it like a bonus but let’s enjoy it.
“Because I think we can improve if we can just have a little bit of luck with injuries, we can improve in the new year, in the run-in.
“I think we have a lot more to come from two or three.
“Zohore hasn’t even started yet, but he is looking lively now he’s back and looking just to get his fitness