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24 Sep 2010 10:51:00

Birmingham v Wigan preview

Team news for Saturday's Premier League clash between Birmingham and Wigan at St Andrew's. Birmingham manager Alex McLeish has no new major injury problems ahead of tomorrow's home clash with the Latics. Midfielder Michel is ruled out with a dead leg but at best the Spaniard was only likely to figure amongst the substitutes against the Latics. James McFadden has undergone successful surgery on the anterior knee ligament injury he suffered a week ago. McLeish has to decide whether to give a first league start to winger Jean Beausejour who impressed in the mid-week Carling Cup win over MK Dons while skipper Stephen Carr will return after resting the broken toe he has played with for the first month of the season. Wigan midfielder Hendry Thomas is expected to miss the match after suffering a badly-cut shin in Carling Cup action this week. Ronnie Stam and Franco Di Santo also suffered knocks in the 2-1 win over Preston but are expected to be fit while Victor Moses, who made his comeback from an ankle injury last weekend, is also pushing for a place in the squad. Club captain Gary Caldwell (hip) played in a behind-closed-doors friendly this week but is still a few weeks away from a first-team return while Tom Cleverley (knee) is also out. Birmingham (from): Foster, Taylor, Carr, Johnson, Dann, Ridgewell, Larsson, Gardner, Ferguson, Hleb, Bowyer, Jerome, Murphy, Phillips, Derbyshire, Fahey, Zigic, Parnaby, Beausejour, Jiranek. Wigan (from): Al Habsi, Kirkland, Gohouri, Boyce, Stam, Figueroa, Alcaraz, N'Zogbia, Watson, Diame, Moses, McCarthy, Rodallega, Di Santo, Boselli, Gomez, S Caldwell, Golobart, McArthur.


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