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Forssell boost for Blues

08 Mar 2007 - 11:42:17

Birmingham City's promotion push has been boosted by the news that striker Mikael Forssell is ready to return to first-team action.

Forssell has been restricted to just nine appearances for the promotion-chasing Blues this term after going under the surgeon's knife in a bid to cure a long-term knee problem.

The Finland international hasn't played since October, but proved his fitness by scoring a brace in a reserve-team outing earlier in the week and playing 90 minutes for the first time in over five months.

"It's got to be good for Mikael's confidence that he scored," reserve team boss Keith Bertschin told the club's official website.

"Whether he should have got even more goals than that doesn't really bother me.

"What was more interesting was that his movement looked a lot freer and he didn't look as apprehensive.

"His general play and movement was as good as I've seen it since he came to the club.

"Psychologically it was also important for him to get 90 minutes under his belt.

"He may choose to have one more game in the reserves, but he's been joining in with the first team in training and I'm sure that's where he's heading shortly."


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