Cardiff City boss Erol Bulut says he did not want to risk Aaron Ramsey’s fitness after leaving him on the bench in the Bluebirds’ 1-0 win at Watford.
Ramsey, who has been missing for club and country for four months with a knee injury, was an unused substitute at Vicarage Road.
However, Bulut said he was protecting the Wales skipper, who is expected to play a key role in Wales’ Euro 2024 play-off semi-final against Finland on 21 March and a possible final against either Poland or Estonia five days later.
“The game was not exactly for Aaron,” Bulut told BBC Radio Wales Sport.
“After four months I didn’t want to give him 10 or 15 minutes where he would be running only behind the ball, maybe that wouldn’t be good for him.
“We will manage to see him in the next weeks I hope.”