In discussion with Wales Online, Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock has confirmed why the Bluebirds were only able to name six substitutes in their 1-1 draw with Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday. Midfielder Aron Gunnarsson had to pull out earlier in the day because of a virus.

The Icelandic international was unable to play because of the orders of the Cardiff City Club Doctor, and Warnock even said that the 27-year-old should not have featured in their weekend defeat away to Queens Park Rangers. He has been a key player this season, even more so since Warnock took over as manager.

Warnock was also unable to call upon Matt Connolly because of an injury as well, meaning Cardiff were forced into making a couple of changes to their rather settled starting eleven. Lee Peltier, Bruno Manga, Rickie Lambert and Rhys Healey were already missing, but Warnock wanted to clear up why only six substitutes were named,

“We were decimated. We lost Connolly and Gunnarsson has a virus – he shouldn’t have played Saturday against QPR.

“I had a chat with the doctor and he said that all the travelling and the fact he still isn’t right could have put him out for weeks if we weren’t careful.

“We decided not to risk him though it did make us look very thin because we couldn’t put another on the bench.”

Warnock’s side were minutes away from a solid away victory, only to concede late, but didn’t want to use injuries as an excuse for throwing away a winning position. He was less optimistic of certain individuals returning from injury to face out of form Birmingham City at home on Saturday,

“We just have to get on with it. We should have some back soon, but I don’t know whether that will be in time for Saturday.”

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