Birmingham v Wolves preview

Birmingham will assess Keith Fahey and Chris Burke ahead of

Monday’s derby encounter against Wolves at St Andrews.

Midfielder Fahey made his first start for the club since October

in Good Friday’s stunning 4-0 demolition of promotion-chasing

Crystal Palace but was forced off midway through the second half

carrying a knock.

Winger Burke, meanwhile, missed out altogether at Selhurst Park

due to an ankle injury picked up in training.

Fahey’s fitness aside, manager Lee Clark will be hard pushed to

make any changes to his starting XI following the impressive

display at Palace, the Blues’ third successive victory.

Jonathan Spector failed to overcome an ankle problem of his own

in time to feature and will again be monitored, although Marlon

King, Stephen Carr, David Murphy and Will Packwood all remain

sidelined.

Wolves boss Dean Saunders will carefully consider his options

ahead of the derby against Birmingham.

Wanderers have had just 48 hours of recovery time since the

dramatic 3-2 win over Middlesbrough, with Stephen Hunt one of a

number of players struggling to be fit in time.

“He got cramp at the end and has only got a couple of days to

recover,” Saunders told Wolves’ official website.

“(Players) get knocks and dead legs and they can’t shrug them

off in time. When it’s three or four days and you nick a day on

someone then fair enough, but not when it’s two days.”

Elsewhere, defender Stephen Ward is pushing for a return to the

starting line-up, after coming on as a late substitute on Saturday

following suspension.

Carl Ikeme (hand), Bakary Sako (hamstring) and Dave Edwards

(metatarsal) are all out, while recent loan signings Nouha Dicko

and Marian Kello are pushing for debuts.