Date: 5th April 2017 at 10:12pm
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Manager Neil Warnock has been giving his thoughts following Tuesdays scoreless draw with Barnsley and he admitted he wasn’t 100% sure when Sol Bamba would return following his substitution midway through the second half.

Playing out the scoreless draw at Oakwell, Warnock was quoted by Wales Online from his post game press conference, with little to really and truly discuss following the performance other than how poor it was, Bamba’s substitution and stretchering off in the second half with injury was a topic for discussion.

Speaking about the issue Warnock said that Bamba had complained about a groin problem, but such was Bamba it could be season over or he could be back at the weekend.

‘We don’t know about Sol. You could say it doesn’t look good but I couldn’t tell you how long he will be out for – he could be out of the season or he could play Saturday. That’s Sol, you don’t know, because he goes down as if he’s broken his leg but then the next day he’s up running again. He had a niggle from Saturday at Wolves but until we scan it we don’t know and we can’t scan it for a couple of days.’

With Allan McGregor also suffering an injury in the game and being withdrawn at the half time break, Warnock explained the Scottish international was less likely to make an appearance in the next one with him picking up an ankle problem.

‘McGregor hurt his ankle. It was a clever one – the kid left some studs in on his ankle as he cleared it and it swelled up. He was limping that bad it made my mind up to bring him off. He is struggling for Saturday but Brian Murphy has done really well for me, came on made some good saves. Before I brought Allan in he turned our season around, so I have no worries about putting him in.’

With skipper Sean Morrison benched for the Barnsley encounter, Wales Online also have Warnock praising his reaction to that news and he also insisted it was because he wanted to ensure he would be with us for the bigger games in the run in given we face Sheffield Wednesday, Newcastle and Huddersfield in the final six.

Morrison was joined on the bench by Kadeem Harris and Junior Hoilett.

‘I didn’t drop him. I had him in the office on Thursday and told him that, in one of the games before the end of the season, I want to play the other two so which one is it going to be? I didn’t want it to be Sheffield Wednesday, Newcastle or Huddersfield so why not Barnsley away so he could come back in for Brentford. He didn’t like it but it was the best way for me to do it.’

Warnock went on to say.

‘He came on and done well but he’s done well since the first few weeks I’ve been here as a captain and leader. Others were given a chance but some like Declan have not played all season. I brought in five new faces and made one positional changes so six different to Wolves which is too many really but I felt Kadeem Harris and Junior Hoilett have done so much running of late I wanted to rest them and have them for the match against Brentford, if I’m honest. Joe Ralls came back a bit too soon last weekend and he was disappointing because he wasn’t fit so we gave him another rest so he will be in contention for the weekend. Matt Connolly did alright, he’s Mr Steady who’s played all over the back for me against some good wide players and Bennett was outstanding. It was Joe Bennett’s best game since I came to the club by an absolute mile. I told him there’s a player under that shirt and I thought he was unbelievable.’

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