Pilkington not ruled out of Fulham trip

8 Apr

Anthony Pilkington


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

Forward Anthony Pilkington has not been ruled out of play-off-chasing Cardiff City’s Saturday’s trip to Fulham.

Manager Russell Slade confirmed Pilkington suffered no “sinister” knee damage in Tuesday’s 0-0 draw at Burnley.

“If he did miss Saturday he should be available for the following Saturday (at home against QPR),” said Slade.

“Maybe Saturday’s come too soon, but we’re not ruling him out at this stage.”

Slade says a scan has revealed “a small bit of swelling” on 27-year-old Pilkington’s knee.

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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

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.

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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