Pilkington avoids serious injury

6 Apr

Anthony Pilkington

Anthony Pilkington fires at goal before going off injured in Cardiff’s 0-0 draw at Turf Moor

Cardiff City forward Anthony Pilkington has “suffered no serious injury” after being taken off during the 0-0 draw at Burnley, the Bluebirds have confirmed.

The 27-year-old left Turf Moor on crutches but a scan on Wednesday morning showed no significant damage.

A club statement read: “Anthony will resume training with the first-team squad in due course, once suitably rested so as to alleviate symptoms.”

Pilkington has scored eight goals in 36 games for Cardiff this season.

The Republic of Ireland international has moved from the wing into a central attacking position recently.

He had impressed against Burnley before being injured in the second half, replaced by Aron Gunnarsson.

“I thought he was a threat all night for the two Burnley centre-backs,” said Cardiff manager Russell Slade.

Cardiff are now four points behind the Championship play-off places in seventh position after the 0-0 draw at Burnley.

Slade said his side fully deserved the point against the Championship leaders, who stretched their unbeaten run to 17 games but saw their lead at the top cut to a point.

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Cardiff’s Kenneth Zahore hits the crossbar in the dying moments at Turf Moor as both sides squandered late chances to win the match

Cardiff substitute Kenneth Zahore hit the crossbar with three minutes remaining before Bluebirds keeper David Marshall denied Sam Vokes and Ashley Barnes in injury time.

“Burnley could have stolen it in the dying seconds but on the balance of play that would have been cruel on us,” Slade said.

“I thought we created some really good opportunities and probably the best chance came five minutes before those saves Marshall made.

“Zohore came on and had a wonderful chance to nick us a goal.

“The way the game was panning out I didn’t think it would end 0-0. Both teams were trying to win a football match.

“There were opportunities at both ends. It was a very competitive Championship game.”


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