Blues hope Foster's fit to face Cats
en Foster could make his Birmingham debut in Saturday's Premier League opener at Sunderland if he recovers from a back spasm in time. Blues manager Alex McLeish is hopeful goalkeeper Foster will have shaken off the injury suffered on England duty before kick-off at the Stadium Of Light. City's other major summer signing, Serbia striker Nikola Zigic, is also included in the squad. Defender Stuart Parnaby has been declared fit after sustaining a hamstring injury 10 days ago meaning veteran striker Kevin Phillips is the only major absentee with the torn thigh muscle which will sideline him for four to six weeks. Birmingham (from): Foster, Carr, Parnaby, Murphy, Ridgewell, Dann, Johnson, Larsson, Gardner, Bowyer, Ferguson, Michel, Mutch, Fahey, McFadden, Valles, Jerome, O'Connor, Zigic, Taylor, Doyle.
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