Birmingham City v Hull City: team news
Paul McShane is Hull City’s major injury doubt after complaining of a calf strain while away on international duty with the Republic of Ireland.
The defender is expected to travel with the Tigers but manager Steve Bruce rates him as a “major doubt” for the fixture at St Andrews.
Should McShane fail to recover, the loss would be offset by the return of Alex Bruce. A return to training on Thursday should pave the way for a comeback after missing out at Cardiff last week.
Another dilemma troubling Bruce surrounds right wing-back Ahmed Elmohamady.
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The on-loan Sunderland man has been carrying a thigh injury for the last fortnight and Bruce was not impressed at seeing him play 90 minutes for Egypt in their 0-0 draw with Georgia on Wednesday.
Bruce could switch Liam Rosenior across to fill the void of Elmohamady and give Robbie Brady a start at left wing-back.
David Meyler, signed on loan from Sunderland last week, is another under consideration for a start.
Although the Tigers do not expect to see Matty Fryatt or Joe Dudgeon again this season, Jack Hobbs and Tom Cairney will both step up their comebacks in the reserves next week.
Birmingham boss Lee Clark will hand a late fitness check to influential defender Curtis Davies ahead of the Tigers’ arrival.
The former Aston Villa man missed last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Blackburn with an ankle injury and has been unable to train fully in the run-up to today’s game.
Clark has promised to give Davies until the last possible moment to prove his fitness but a failure to recover may result in an unchanged side.
Fellow central defender Pablo Ibanez is available for selection after playing 70 minutes in Birmingham’s development side against Coventry in midweek but club captain Stephen Carr and right-back Paul Caddis will still be absent.
Veteran Carr will not play again until 2013 after damaging knee ligaments in pre-season, while Caddis is around a month away from his return from a dislocated shoulder. Keith Fahey is sidelined indefinitely due to “personal reasons.”
Leroy Lita, who had been due to stick around on loan until next month, has been returned to parent club Swansea after suffering a thigh injury.
A high-profile line-up will include a front two of Marlon King and Nikola Zigic and be supported by the creative talents of Chris Burke, Wade Elliott and Ravel Morrison.