Hleb and co make Blues squad cut
Premier League clubs were required to select which players they
wish to use in the first half of the season by 5pm on Wednesday.
They were free to name up to 25 senior professionals, but at least
eight of those had to adhere to ‘home-grown’ criteria. Birmingham
boss Alex McLeish has made his choices, with the Blues now hoping
to repeat their heroics from last term. Among those to make the cut
are fresh faces Hleb, Ben Foster, Nikola Zigic, Matt Derbyshire and
Martin Jiranek. There are also places for experienced heads such as
Kevin Phillips, Maik Taylor, Barry Ferguson and Lee Bowyer.
Birmingham squad: Maik Taylor, Stephen Carr, David Murphy, Lee
Bowyer, Roger Johnson, Liam Ridgewell, Sebastian Larsson, Craig
Gardner, Kevin Phillips, Cameron Jerome, Garry O’Connor, Barry
Ferguson, Colin Doyle, Matt Derbyshire, Scott Dann, James McFadden,
Miguel Madera, Keith Fahey, Nikola Zigic, Stuart Parnaby, Alexander
Hleb, Jean Andre Beausejour, Ben Foster, Martin Jiranek, James