Birmingham v Villa preview

Birmingham newcomer David Bentley is included in the squad for the
derby clash with Aston Villa after signing on loan from Tottenham
for the remainder of the season. Blues will be without central
defender Scott Dann who suffered a torn hamstring during the
midweek Carling Cup semi-final setback at West Ham. Manager Alex
McLeish may switch Liam Ridgewell from left-back into the heart of
the defence or draft in Martin Jiranek as a straight swap for Dann.
Midfielder Lee Bowyer is available after completing a three-game
ban. Aston Villa will be without key duo Emile Heskey and Ashley
Young through suspension. Striker Heskey will serve the second game
of a three-match ban for his straight red card against Sunderland
10 days ago. Winger Young is suspended for one match after he was
sent off for two bookable offences in the FA Cup win at Sheffield
United last weekend. On-loan Tottenham defender Kyle Walker is
expected to make his league debut for Villa after scoring against
the Blades. Villa have no new injury concerns with full-back Luke
Young and Fabian Delph (both knee) are not yet ready to return.
Young could return to action within a fortnight after a visit to
the specialist confirmed no serious damage. Birmingham (from):
Foster, Carr, Johnson, Ridgewell, Jiranek, Murphy, Larsson,
Bentley, Ferguson, Bowyer, Gardner, Fahey, Hleb, Jerome, Zigic,
Derbyshire, Phillips, Taylor, Mutch, Parnaby, Michel. Aston Villa
(from): Friedel, Marshall, Walker, Clark, Collins, Dunne, Cuellar,
Albrighton, Downing, Petrov, Reo-Coker, Pires, Bannan, Agbonlahor,
Carew, Hogg, Herd, Lichaj.