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Cardiff’s Sol Bamba ruptures ACL, out for the season

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Cardiff City will be without their star center back Sol Bamba for the rest of the Premier League season.

The news is a hammer blow to Cardiff’s manager Neil Warnock, as Bamba has been a mainstay in defense and a huge reason why they’re within two points of Premier League safety with nine games to go.

In a statement released on Tuesday, Cardiff confirmed that Bamba has ruptured the ACL in his left knee in the 2-0 defeat at Wolves at the weekend and will miss the rest of the season.

“Unfortunately our biggest fears have been confirmed regarding the injury Sol suffered at Wolves on Saturday,” Warnock said. “Scans have shown that Sol has ruptured his ACL; he will have an operation on Wednesday and therefore miss the rest of the season. It is a major blow to the squad but I know all of our supporters will join me in wishing him the very best during his recovery.”

Cardiff’s chance of staying up have just taken a massive hit.

Bamba is their defensive leader and it will now be down to Sean Morrison and Bruno Manga to stand tall and make sure the Bluebirds do not waver in his absence.

Warnock has previously stated that Bamba is as good as Virgil Van Dijk. Although that is a little off the mark, it shows how highly-regarded Bamba is by everyone at Cardiff.

With games against Liverpool, Man City, Man United and Chelsea still to come, Cardiff knew they were already up against it to try and stay in the Premier League.

Wolves best Cardiff to increase claim on 7th (video)

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  • Jimenez with 11th goal, 7th assist
  • Jota also scores
  • Cardiff remains 18th on table

A clinical span of three minutes saw Wolves score twice in an otherwise even match with Cardiff City at the Molineux Stadium on Saturday.

Raul Jimenez of Mexico scored a goal and set up Diogo Jota for another between the 16th and 18th minutes as Wolves a three-point lead on Watford in the race for 7th.

Cardiff remains in the drop zone, two points back of Southampton and five behind Burnley and Brighton.

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Jimenez was the decisive pass as Jota capped off a terrific team goal to take the lead, then did the work for the second.

The Mexican forward hit a stunning outside of the boot cross then ran into position to collect a cutback and give Wolves a 2-0 lead heading into halftime.

Adding injury to the insult was an injury to key defender Sol Bamba, who went down grasping his lower leg.

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Watford smashes Cardiff through Deulofeu magic (video)

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  • Deulofeu puts Watford ahead early
  • Murphy denied 1st half penalty shout
  • Spaniard scores twice more in 2nd half
  • Deeney bags brace

Gerard Deulofeu scored his first Premier League hat trick and added an assist on Troy Deeney 73rd minute goal as Watford hammered Cardiff City 5-1 at Cardiff City Stadium on Friday.

Deulofeu went from 9 to 12 PL goals in one afternoon, hitting a skittering shot home in the first half before using his electric pace to carve up the Cardiff back line and put together his hat trick.

Deeney scored a second in stoppage time, as Watford reclaimed seventh in the Premier League table with 40 points.

Cardiff stays 17th with 25 points, with Sol Bamba scoring the Bluebirds’ goal.

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Deulofeu’s first goal was a grounder through traffic from atop the 18, but his next two required more engine.

The Spaniard raced down the pitch and cut around Neil Etheridge to slot his second goal on a laser-precise counter, and the third goal looked similar as he slotted into an open goal.

He then worked a defender on the left of the box before cutting back for Deeney in a place the big striker enjoys.

Bamba’s finish of a goal-mouth scramble was Cardiff’s only answer, and Deeney swept up the scoring in stoppage.

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Etheridge, Camarasa spring Cardiff City past Leicester

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  • Etheridge saves third penalty of season
  • Camarasa scores in stoppage
  • Leicester has 62 percent possession

Victor Camarasa’s sensational stoppage time winner gave Cardiff City its first away win of the season, a 1-0 defeat of Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

The 24-year-old third goal of the season has Cardiff 16th, with 18 points, while Leicester is seventh with 29.

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Leicester was nearly ahead in the 5th minute, when Wilfred Ndidi’s pass was flicked just wide of an own goal by goalkeeper Neil Etheridge.

James Maddison hit a low bouncing ball through traffic in the 16th minute, and Etheridge conceded a corner on a shot headed just wide.

A Demarai Gray cross from the left was nearly turned into an own goal by Sean Morrison‘s blocking attempt.

Leicester was sloppy, and Cardiff loves a counter attack. That led to a few decent chances, particularly for Josh Murphy.

Morrison gave away a penalty to Maddison in the 74th minute, but Etheridge denied the young Englishman’s effort before Sol Bamba slid to clear the rebound from Maddison’s plate.

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