Bendtner blow for Blues

09 October 2006 12:40
Birmingham City have been hit by the news that loan striker Nicklas Bendtner is a doubt for Saturday's trip to Luton Town after he picked up a knee injury playing for Denmark on Saturday. Bendtner, who joined the Blues on a season-long loan from Arsenal in the summer and has been a key performer for Steve Bruce's side, limped out of the Euro 2008 qualifier against Northern Ireland in Copenhagen and has already been ruled out of Wednesday's game against Liechtenstein. As a result it seems highly unlikely that he will be fit for this weekend's Championship game at Kenilworth Road. Meanwhile, central defender Matthew Upson's return from a long-term Achilles injury has been put on hold for another fortnight on the advice of the Blues' medical staff. Reserve-team boss Keith Bertschin told the club's official website: "Matt is not quite ready for Monday's reserve game against West Brom. "As so often happens with long-term injuries when you're on the way back to recovery and trying to push on and push yourself, you can pick up little niggles because your muscles have to readjust after being out of action for so long. "In the rigours of trying to up his training he's just feeling one or two other little niggles, but it's not a concern. "Following the advice of the physios he's going to give it that little bit longer and you'll get the full article when he comes back. "He's possibly aiming for the next reserve game in just under two weeks' time."

Source: ESA