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Sol Bamba: Sala tragedy has left Cardiff players afraid to fly

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SOL BAMBA says some Cardiff players are afraid to fly following the disappearance of Emiliano Sala.

Cardiff played their first game since the loss of the plane carrying striker Sala and pilot David Ibbotson on Tuesday, a 2-1 defeat at Arsenal.

‘It is a very unusual situation, a big tragedy,’ Bamba said. ‘We have all been affected by it, the lads, the city, the whole club.

‘We have had some help. We travel by plane and some of the lads have been thinking, “I don’t want to go on it any more”.’

Defender Bamba had spoken to Sala to try to convince the 28-year-old to join Cardiff from Nantes.

‘I knew Emiliano as I have a connection to him through my agent,’ Bamba said. ‘I spoke to him in the lead-up to him signing, he asked me about the club, about the dressing room, is he going to fit into the team, what the gaffer is like.’

Meanwhile, boss Neil Warnock admits Cardiff are unlikely to bring in another forward before the transfer window closes, following the disappearance of Sala.

He said: ‘We won’t be doing anything striker-wise.’

However, Cardiff are keen to sign Monaco right-back Almamy Toure.