Jean Beausejour has been sidelined for Blues’ last two matches as manger Chris Hughton felt the player needed a rest and believes the Chilean will now come back firing.
“We’ve got a lot of players that have played in most of the games and Jean is one of those who has not only played in most of the games but has also played international games,” said Hughton.
“For the last three years he’s had no real pre-season (because of the Copa America and World Cup) so it was an opportunity to rest him.
“Sometimes when that happens they come back stronger and better.
“Jean’s a very good and important player for us. He’s a good indivdual, too, and the thinking was to give him a rest and let him come back firing.”
Hughton has also alleviated any fears that Guirane N’Daw had injured himself after making his first Championship start of the season after he was substituted in the second half.
“It was only cramp after he stretched for a ball,” added the Birmingham manager.
“I thought he did very well.
“When he first came he hadn’t played for a while and it’s taken a little while to get him up to match speed and fitness.”