Alex Hleb in race to be fit for Carling Cup final against former club Arsenal

22 February 2011 08:13
Alex McLeish is willing to wait until the last minute before deciding whether Alexander Hleb is fit to face former club Arsenal in the Carling Cup final on Sunday.[LNB]Birmingham City's boss is awaiting the results of a scan after sending the playmaker to London to see a specialist yesterday.[LNB]Unless there is the possibility of lasting damage, it seems that every effort will be made to accommodate Hleb in his squad.[LNB] Stricken: Hleb is stretchered off against Sheffield Wednesday[LNB]The Belarus international was injured following a heavy tackle byJames O'Connor during the defeat of Sheffield Wednesday last Saturday.[LNB]He hobbled away from St Andrew's with a crutch under each arm.However, he was walking around the training ground unaided on Mondayalthough if there is damage the player, on loan from Barcelona, isunlikely to be risked.[LNB]However, McLeish is giving Hleb every opportunity to prove hisfitness and said: 'We have not ruled him out at this moment, we aregetting some more specialist opinion. He took a fair rap on the insideof his knee. We feared it was ligament damage but we will have a betteridea in the morning.[LNB]'The Wednesday player apologised after the game and it would bedisappointing if Alexander was to miss out. It was bruising with somefluid.[LNB]'He is a fantastic player with huge experience and that would be important in a game of this magnitude.'[LNB]  Van Persie and Koscielny ruled out of Arsenal's crunch clash with StokeMcLeish rescues hot-head Johnson ahead of Arsenal Carling Cup finalCup success could cost us our league place, laments Birmingham boss McLeishAll the latest Birmingham news, features and opinion[LNB] [LNB]  Explore more:People: Alex Hleb, Alex McLeish Places: London, Barcelona

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