Ex-Leeds United and Cardiff City defender Sol Bamba training with Middlesbrough under Neil Warnock

Neil Warnock has offered former Cardiff and Leeds defender Sol Bamba the chance to train with Middlesbrough following the player’s battle with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma cancer.

Monday, 12th July 2021, 4:55 pm

Bamba announced he was cancer free earlier this year following several rounds of chemotherapy.

The 36-year-old was a key member of Warnock’s Cardiff team when the Bluebirds won promotion from the Championship in 2018, and the pair have remained close since.

Warnock has now offered Bamba the chance to train with Boro and allow the centre-back to build up his fitness.

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Neil Warnock and Sol Bamba at Cardiff.

“Sol telephoned me to say he’d moved back to Leeds since his release from Cardiff and asked if I'd help him,” Warnock told Boro’s website.

“I’ve known him for years, he’s a good lad, and after everything he’s been through this is the least I can do. We wish him well.

“No doubt he’ll get as fit as he can with a week or so under his belt with us.”

Boro are preparing for their first friendly of the summer against Bishop Auckland this week (July 14, 7pm kick-off), though it’s not known if Bamba will play a part.

The Teessiders will then travel to Cornwall for a week-long training camp, which includes three friendly matches, before two more pre-season games against York City and Rotherham.

Boro have also taken Oldham midfielder Dylan Bahamboula, 26, on trial as Warnock assesses his options ahead of the new campaign.

Triallists are allowed to play in friendly matches meaning Bahamboula could feature against Bishop Auckland at Heritage Park.

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