Cardiff City's 21 man North American squad

Last updated : 13 July 2019 By Michael Morris

C:WindowsTempphp7710.tmpNeil Warnock has taken a 21 man squad across the Atlantic for thee games in the coming week.

First up City face San Antonio in Texas later today (7:30pm local - 0130hrs Sunday in the UK).

The game is live on San Antonio's Facebook page 

The travelling squad is:

Joe Day, Neil Etheridge; Joe Bennett, Ciaron Brown, Cameron Coxe, Greg Cunningham, Bruno Manga, Sean Morrison, Curtis Nelson, Lee Peltier; Aaron Bolger, Loic Damour, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, Josh Murphy, Joe Ralls, Will Vaulks, James Waite; Omar Bogle, Bobby Decordova-Reid, Danny Ward, Kenneth Zohore.

Warnock has included four youngsters in the squad, Aaron Bolger, James Waite, Ciaron Brown and Cameron Coxe.

Missing are Gary Madine and Lee Tomlin with visa issues. Sol Bamba and Callum Paterson through injury. Jazz Richards - illness. Junior Hoilett and Leandro Bacuna - rest after Gold Cup participation.

Also absent are Alex Smithies, Brian Murphy, Matt Connolly and Rhys Healey. 

This must call into question what future Smithies especially has at the club. He must rue the day he left QPR to be in the shadows at CCFC, he did though play for the U23's on Friday night in a 1 - 1 draw at Larkhall Athletic. But with signing of Joe Day Smithies could become third choice.

Murphy surely has no future and I expect will leave if he hasn't already.

No mention of Connolly or Healey this week with neither involved for the U23's after not going to America either.

Speaking yesterday Warnock said

“Wherever you go, pre-season is hard work. It’s about getting playing minutes on board as well. We’ve brought four young lads with us who have all done well with the first team. They ended last season really well and are happy to be here with us; it’ll be interesting to see how they cope in the coming weeks and whether they’ll become first-team squad members or will need to be loaned out again for further experience.

“You want to play games of course, but [results] are not vital in pre-season. It’s all about getting those minutes under your belt and working hard in training. It's great for us to come out here and have good sessions. We’ve another one tomorrow morning before we head to play San Antonio in the evening kick-off.”