Joe Bennett is a doubt for Cardiff City’s home clash with Manchester United on Saturday with Lee Peltier an option to replace him. Bennett appeared to turn his ankle just before the hour mark as Cardiff went down 3-2 to Watford last weekend and the left-back has not been able to train since. “There are one or two little niggles, Joe Bennett hasn’t trained this week but we should have a full squad at Christmas,” said manager Neil Warnock on Friday.
That could signal a return for Greg Cunningham, who has been out of the last month with a knock, if he can prove he has the match fitness to start.
Peltier, who replaced Bennett in the second half at Vicarage Road, would seem to be the more likely stand-in.
Jazz Richards, who has been out since October, remains sidelined with a hamstring injury.
Saturday’s clash at Cardiff City Stadium will see the return of ex-Bluebirds manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in his new role of United caretaker boss.
But Warnock would not agree with suggestions that it could be a good time to play the Red Devils, who sacked Jose Mourinho on Tuesday. “If you believe that, I think you’re telling porkies!,” he said. “I think it’s the worst time you could play them, so many people wanting to prove things. We’ve been unlucky with our home games, we played Leicester after that terrible accident, we played Southampton with a new manager and now Man United. He’s got some great players there, I bet he’s glad he’s in their dressing room. “I’m sure you’ll see Rashford, Lingard, Martial, Mata, Pobga… they’ve all got things to prove. So it will be a very difficult game for us in those circumstances.”