Phillips targets Derby return
Birmingham striker Kevin Phillips has targeted the local derby at West Brom in just under two weeks time for his return to action.The 37-year-old suffered a torn thigh muscle injury in the pre-season friendly with Real Mallorca in early August.But he is now stepping up his fitness programme and hopes to be in contention for the Hawthorns clash on September 18.Phillips signed a new one-year deal in the summer after impressing primarily as a substitute last season.He told the Birmingham Mail: "The injury is fine. I'm not getting any more pain or symptoms. It's just now a case of trying to catch up on fitness, trying to tick all the boxes with the medical staff."We're not far away. I'd say if you're going to ask me when I will be ready, Liverpool on Sunday is probably a bit too soon. I will need at least a week's training with the lads so I'm hoping to be involved in some capacity in the West Brom game."
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