Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock has praised midfielder Lee Tomlin for his performance in the Bluebirds’ 2-1 win over Huddersfield Town but revealed that summer signing Marlon Pack is set for an extended spell on the sidelines.

The return of Lee Tomlin to the first-team picture has come as a surprise to most, with his future at the club looking bleak earlier this year. However, after working his way back to fitness and getting back to enjoying football while on loan with former club Peterborough United, he continued to prepare for the new season over the course of pre-season.

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And, with players departing and injuries hitting Neil Warnock’s midfield ranks, the opportunity arose for Tomlin to step into the side against Huddersfield Town. The playmaker impressed in his 70-minute display a first-half strike from Joe Ralls and a late winner from Junior Hoilett succumbed Huddersfield to another defeat.

Speaking to Wales Online, Warnock praised Tomlin for the effort he has put in to return to fitness and said his performance impressed him.

“He deserves a pat on the back because I never thought he would get as fit as he is in his career after looking at the last two years. But lets not get carried away, it’s the first game back and he’ll be tired after tonight but it’ll give him a massive lift and he deserves that.

“He’s trained really, really hard and I told him when Reidy (Bobby Reid) went that there would be an opportunity in the next few weeks. The way he’s trained, he’s not going to be there every week because I don’t think he could sustain that, but an hour here and there gives us another option, especially at home.”

While Tomlin’s display left Warnock and Cardiff supporters with a smile on their face, the news regarding midfielder Marlon Pack will come as a big blow to the manager. Pack is expected to be out for up to two months with a leg injury.

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“It looks bad to me, I think the physio said that it could be a couple of months, which will be a nightmare for us,” Warnock said to BBC Sport. 

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