Ferguson back to face Wolves

The former Scottish international has been a virtual ever present
this season despite suffering a broken rib during the Carling Cup
final win over Arsenal in February. Ferguson has taken injections
to defy that setback, but McLeish felt the time was right at
Anfield to rest the ex-Rangers player. “The guy (Ferguson) has gone
through torture for us,” the Blues manager said. “He has taken
injections in his ribs. He’s played for four weeks without any real
training. “We had three hard games in a week and I rested Lee
Bowyer in midweek at Chelsea and Ferguson on Saturday. “I wanted to
try and keep him fresh for next week’s game with Wolves. He will be
bursting to go again at the weekend. “Ferguson has been magnificent
for us in his two years here and I am sure he will benefit from the
rest.” McLeish is keeping his fingers crossed goalkeeper Ben Foster
will be fit to face Mick McCarthy’s side. He had to be substituted
against Liverpool suffering from thigh and back injuries. McLeish
said: “It would be a blow to lose Ben but hopefully the physios,
doctor and medical team can get him back. “Again, he is one who has
been outstanding for us and saved us many points.”