Gardner, who is City’s leading scorer with four goals this season,
missed Saturday’s shock 1-0 home success over Chelsea with an ankle
injury. Blues boss Alex McLeish is guarded about Gardner’s chances
of being fit to face Villa on December 1 at St Andrews. He said:
“We are still awaiting the results coming from the specialist in
London. “We thought it (the ankle) might be worse than it actually
is. “We are hopeful Craig is only going to be out for two to three
weeks so we will await the specialist report. “Is he out of the
derby? I don’t know, I need to check with the doctor.” Gardner
moved across the city to Birmingham in January and helped the club
he supported as a boy to a goalless draw at Villa Park last month.
His replacement, Lee Bowyer, scored the winner against Chelsea –
his first goal for 11 months.