Blues expect Taylor to be fit

Taylor has been sidelined since early January after the Northern

Ireland international tore a knee ligament in the FA Cup third

round win at Millwall. He is closing on a return to fitness and

Blues boss Alex McLeish is optimistic Taylor will be able to

provide the back-up to Ben Foster against Arsenal. McLeish said:

“It is looking good for Maik in terms of the final. “He’s done

training this week and he’s on course to give Ben the cover.” The

39-year-old has made four appearances in cup competitions for

Birmingham this season and is eager to return to fitness. Taylor

said: “It’s important for me to be back, not just because of the

final but because I want a strong end to the season.”