Ringing the Changes

Chris Hughton will ring the changes for Birminham City’s Europa League tie against SC Braga tonight but insists the team he selects will be the strongest one available.

Mindful of a hectic few weeks ahead, Chris Hughton understands the importance of fully utilising his squad as the curtain rises on his teams Europa League Group H campaign at St Andrew’s.

Speaking to the official website he said: “I’m still mulling things over in my mind but I am conscious that we have a lot of games coming up right the way through to Christmas and have to manage the squad the best way I can.

“I’m fortunate at the moment that I’ve got players who were injured available again, as well as others that I’ve added to the squad.

“I would have no problems with any changes that I do make and the team will be as strong as we can make it.”

Hughton has indicated that teenage winger Nathan Redmond is very likely to play following his man-of-the-match performance against C.D. Nacional in August.

Another player in the frame is Senegal international Guirane N’Daw who could make his first Birmingham City appearance since joining the club on loan from Saint-Etienne.

“Nathan is very much back in the frame,” said the Blues boss

“He’s a young lad and it’s all happened quite quickly for him.

“He probably wouldn’t have thought that at this stage of the season he would have been involved in as many games as he has. But my responsibility is to manage someone of his age and inexperience and I’ll take him out when I think it’s right. But he has already shown this season what an asset he is for us.

“Guirane is also in contention. He’s a player that’s come in and settled very well.

“He has played in a lot of big games before and he’s another one that I would have no hesitation in starting tomorrow.

“Meanwhile Morgaro Gomis is a doubt after picking up a groin injury during Sunday’s win against Millwall.”

Turning his attention to Nikola Zigic, Hughton added: “Zigic is not so far away. The slight problem is that although he’s trained he’s not been involved in any practice games.

“It might be a case of throwing him in at the deep end or bringing him off the bench, but he won’t be available against Braga.”

The only other two absentees are Jordan Mutch and Keith Fahey.

Hughton also confirmed that former Blues full back Stuart Parnaby had been training with Blues squad at Wast Hills over the past two days as the the club “looks to see where he is fitness-wise.”

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