Neil Warnock of Cardiff City

Neil Warnock reveals players could leave before opening game and says he doesn’t expect more incomings

Neil Warnock says he expects more first team players to depart before the start of the league campaign next month.

The Bluebirds begun their pre-season schedule with a 1-0 win over Taffs Well on Friday evening, and four new players made their debut.

A number of regulars also featured in the narrow victory, but Bluebirds’ boss Neil Warnock says some of them may depart before the season opener against Burton Albion on August 5th.

And he also reiterated that he doesn’t expect to add to his squad after Cardiff’s seventh addition of the summer, Lee Tomlin, completed his move earlier this week.

Speaking after the game on Friday evening, Warnock revealed: “There are players who were here tonight who won’t be here at the start of the season – I think fans might guess who without me telling them really.

“You never know in football, I thought I wanted three players a few weeks ago and I’ve only wanted one now.

“I’ll know more once we get the regular team playing, but I don’t envisage going at it with more than 21 or so this season.

“There’ll be a few lads left at home for Cornwall this week, we’ll take about 20 to get the three games in.”

Warnock said earlier this summer that he expects Craig Noone to depart, but refused to be drawn on whether he still holds that belief.

The Bluebirds travel to Cornwall on Monday as they step up their pre-season preparations with three games in the space of five days.

They’ll make the trip on the back of a win at Taffs Well, but the victory didn’t satisfy the boss, who admits he was left frustrated.

“Yeah a little disappointed,” added Warnock.

“Pilks felt a little bit and had to go off but we got through and it was just good to have 45 minutes.

“I enjoyed the experience but didn’t enjoy the game if I’m honest – that’s nothing to do with Taffs Well – it just frustrates me because we’ve not done any tactics yet and its a little bit, well even at this level you want to score more goals, but it served its purpose.

“We trained all morning as well which the lads didn’t expect with a game, but it’s important to stay on the training schedule now for the next 10 days, so we’ll be training all week next week, even though we have three games as well – it’s just building up now.

“Now we have a good week down in Cornwall, good facilities and three good games – we won’t do so many changes down there.”

Cardiff’s only goal against Taffs Well arrived early on with Anthony Pilkington finding the top corner with a brilliant volley.

However, the Republic of Ireland international was forced off shortly after with a small injury.

Warnock revealed post-match that the injury wasn’t serious: “It was nothing too bad, he just felt a little bit stiff and we just said to the players before the game, ‘if you feel anything just come off, it’s not one of those to risk it.”

The Bluebirds travelled to the Rhiwddar Stadium without a few key faces, including Kenneth Zohore, Aron Gunnarsson, Lee Peltier and Lee Tomlin.

All of those names will travel to Cornwall next week to continue preparations, but they’re unlikely to feature in the opening game against Tavistock.

“We had to be careful who we could play,” said Warnock.

“None of the lads who came late on internationals could play, we’ll probably have to wait until Wednesday for them, or maybe second half Monday.”

“I was pleased to get Tomlin on board, but he’s with a few of the other lads who are doing a bit more work before they come into the games.”