Burnley v BIRMINGHAM: City's Christian Benitez unavailable for Clarets clash
02 October 2009 10:24
Birmingham are resigned to being without striker Christian Benitez at Burnley.
Benitez is back home in Ecuador after being given compassionate leave after his father was injured in a car crash.
Garry O'Connor is likely to deputise as the lone striker with Kevin Phillips on the bench.
Blues boss Alex McLeish is optimistic that Stuart Parnaby, Franck Queudrue and James McFadden will be available after injury, while Cameron Jerome should return from an ankle problem after the international break.
Team (from): Hart, Taylor, Carr, Parnaby, Johnson, Dann, Vignal, Queudrue, Larsson, Ferguson, Bowyer, Fahey, McFadden, Carsley, Tainio, O'Connor, Ridgewell, Phillips, Espinoza, Johnson, O'Shea.