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.”