Another Set-Back for Birmingham City

Paul Caddis Could Be Out For Three MonthsBirmingham City have been dealt a major set-back with the news that Paul Caddis could be sidelined for up to three months.

The on-loan right-back dislocated his shoulder during Blues’ 2-1 victory over Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday night and it now looks likely he will have to under-go an operation to get the shoulder pinned.

Caddis has made a huge impact at St Andrew’s since arriving on loan from Swindon Town and manager Lee Clark was left bemoaning his bad luck regarding injuries to his two specialist right-backs.

“It’s not good,” Clark told “We’ve had a second opinion and we’re waiting for the response from that today but it’s pointing towards surgery which will mean a minimum of three months out.

“It’s a hammer blow following on from the hammer blow I’ve taken with Stephen Carr. We’ve had Carr, who I consider to be the best right-back in the division taken away from us for the majority of the season, but he’s also my leader.

“I found a replacement that was capable of filling those shoes and he did it extremely well. He was outstanding for those three games and then ‘bang’ we get news like this.

“It’s a tough one for us to take. I know the history of the position before my time here and it’s a bit of a cursed position. I’ve been on the phone over the last 24 hours in terms of looking into the loan market but not many managers want to loan me a right-back now!”

Clark does have other short-term options in the right-back position, but insists that in the long run the situation is not ideal.

“That’s half the problem,” he added. “If it was for the short term you might just get away with it, but because of the length of time it does help to try and have a recognised full-back. And certainly the type of full-back that can play the way I want them to play, which is in the Stephen Carr-Paul Caddis mould.

“I’ve been in conversations with Peter [Pannu] and the people behind the scenes. Obviously if we can find the right player to do the job I’ll imagine I’ll get the same backing that I’ve had since I came through the door, which has been everything I wanted and everything that I knew I would. Whichever player I’ve gone for we’ve ended up getting.”

Ambrose Back for Birmingham City

Darren Ambrose Could Make a Return for Birmingham CityLooking forward to tomorrow’s npower Championship clash with Barnsley, Clark is hopeful that Darren Ambrose will be available after recovering from a calf strain.

“Darren has trained and as long as there is no reaction he’ll be available,” Clark confirmed to the website.

Keith Fahey may get his first start of the season following two substitute appearances.

“He’s got the possibility of starting,” Clark told the official website. “I was really pleased with his 45 minutes (against Bolton). But what you’ve got to remember as well is that Keith hasn’t even had a development squad game, he’s come straight from a long injury lay-off.

“I’ve said all along I think he’s my type of footballer. He’s high energy, he’s brave, he’s got quality on the ball, he’ll get you a goal and he can see a pass short or long, so I’m excited that we’ve got him back in the fold.”

Clark may be tempted to include Serbian striker Nikola Zigic in Saturday’s matchday squad after leaving him out against Bolton.

“There’s a chance [Zigic will return],” Clark said after being asked about the strikers chances.

“Young Akwasi had been doing well in the development group. He has scored goals and I watched him on Monday afternoon and he did really well.

“I just felt for Tuesday the possibility of having four strikers with pace could cause the Bolton defence problems and it could win us the game. Fortunately for me, the front two were that good I didn’t have to change them at all. They looked super fit and we were running right to the end.”

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