Cardiff manager Mick McCarthy has revealed Sol Bamba’s return to action after his cancer diagnosis has spread joy throughout the city.
Bamba came off the bench during the Bluebirds’ 1-1 draw with Rotherham on the final day of the Championship season.
It was the 36-year-old’s first appearance for the club since it was announced in January that he was undergoing chemotherapy and McCarthy paid tribute to the Ivorian defender following his return.
Sol Bamba (L) came off the bench to make his first appearance for Cardiff since December
Cardiff manager Mick McCarthy paid tribute to Bamba following his return from cancer
‘Sol has been a big part of this club for a long time,’ McCarthy said.
‘He got on the pitch and he was delighted with that and the lads were all delighted for him, as I am and the staff are. He has been a big part of the club and everybody loves him.’
Bamba revealed his ‘pure joy’ after he returned to training last month having been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
However, the Ivory Coast defender said at the time there was ‘still a long way to go’ in his recovery. He came on in the 89th minute against the Millers to make his first appearance for Cardiff since December 2020.
Bamba has made 118 appearances for the Welsh club since signing on a free transfer in 2016
McCarthy revealed the decision to introduce Bamba was a tactical one as Rotherham sought a late winner.
‘I did think when they were starting to making substitutions and bring players on, they were going to be looking for a throw-in, a free-kick, a corner, and I wanted to get him on,’ he added.
Bamba has made 118 appearances for Cardiff since joining on a free transfer in 2016 – his contract expires next summer.
The draw meant the Bluebirds finished eighth in the Championship, however Rotherham’s failure to win meant they were relegated to League One.