McLeish: Zigic will be fine

15 October 2010 01:31
Boss Alex McLeish believes Birmingham's Serbian striker Nikola Zigic will be in the right frame of mind for the clash at Arsenal. Zigic was part of the Serbian side caught up in the violence which led to the Euro 2012 qualifier with Italy in Genoa on Tuesday being abandoned after only nine minutes. Fireworks and flares were thrown on the pitch and the visitors' team bus was attacked before the game, which led to keeper Vladimir Stojkovic refusing to take the field. Zigic is in strong contention to make his first Barclays Premier League start as Cameron Jerome is rated doubtful with an ankle problem. McLeish said: "We've spoken only briefly about what happened in the week. Nikola said it was absolute bedlam, crazy. Is he in the right frame of mind? You have to ask that question of everyone of the Serbian players. I wouldn't think that every Serbian player involved the other night would be affected and wouldn't want to play this weekend. "Personally if it was me, I would want to get on with it. I know it must have been a dangerous situation with the flare coming on the bus and injuring the keeper. But Nikola knows he is going to be safe at the Emirates and there is no danger he wouldn't want to play."

Source: PA

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