There will be a football match in Cardiff this evening, but it will look rather insignificant against the tragic backdrop of the ongoing search for the plane that carried their record signing Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson before crashing into the Channel.
The club’s players have been consulting psychologists to help them cope with a situation that defender Sol Bamba described as a “big tragedy” that has affected the entire club.
“It is very difficult to even describe how the players are feeling,” said Bamba. “It is a very unusual situation, a big tragedy. 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’. It was that deep.
The gaffer has been good and the club have been good in terms of bringing someone in to talk to if we need to. And I think some of the lads do, they need to get it out. So I think it was good thinking from the club and the gaffer and hopefully in the weeks to come we are going to feel better.”