Murphy dreaming of Wembley trip

Murphy missed all of last season after rupturing a knee cap and has

been understudy to Liam Ridgewell during the current campaign. He

could only look on as Alex McLeish’s side lifted the Carling Cup a

fortnight ago but has featured in the FA Cup and is in line to

start Saturday’s home quarter-final with Bolton. Murphy said: “I

did wonder if I would ever get back fully fit again. “When the

injury initially happened, it was at the end of the season so

you’ve just got to go away and recuperate. “But I would say after

Christmas time just over a year ago, when I was looking to push

back in the side and had a setback, that was the worst part. “There

were a couple of setbacks along the way and I spoke to the surgeon

but thankfully we resolved the problem and, touch wood, I haven’t

had a problem with the knee for a year now. “For me, to have the

chance to get to Wembley is extra special after the injury. “The FA

Cup is one of the major competitions in the world. Everyone watches

it and to play in an FA Cup final or semi-final would be fantastic.

“It is just great to be back playing and back involved all the

time. I’d love to get more game time but we will have to see what

happens.” Murphy was a young player with Middlesbrough in 1997 when

they got to both domestic cup finals and were relegated. But he is

confident City will survive even if they do make a return to

Wembley at the expense of Owen Coyle’s side. He said: “I was at

both of those finals with Boro. “It wasn’t very nice and then for

the club to get relegated was a horrible feeling, the worst

feeling. “Birmingham don’t want to do that. If it meant us

surviving in the Premier League and getting knocked out of the cup,

I think everyone would take that. “But relegation is a word that no

one mentions in the dressing room. We never contemplate relegation.

“Everyone is that positive and close together and we are very

confident we will stay in the league.” Murphy added: “Bolton have

had a fine season and we know it will be a difficult game. “But

this game is another massive one for the club. To reach another

major semi-final would be a great achievement for the club, the

fans and the players. “We’re certainly 100 per cent focused on this

game.” McLeish will check on the fitness of a host of players

before naming his side. Lee Bowyer, David Bentley, Keith Fahey,

Stephen Carr, Ridgewell, Craig Gardner and Nikola Zigic are all

rated doubtful. Alexander Hleb, plus long terms casualties Scott

Dann and James McFadden, are definitely ruled out. McLeish will

take a late decision on whether to include Barry Ferguson who has

had an injection to ease the pain from his broken rib.