N’Zogbia put through his paces

McLeish is hoping to give N’Zogbia his debut in Saturday’s final

pre-season friendly against Braga in Portugal before a likely

substitute’s role in the league season-opener at Fulham a week

later. However, the winger may yet play for France in a friendly

with Chile on Wednesday which could throw a spanner into the works

for McLeish. “That would curtail our plans and training a little

bit if he’s missing, but we don’t think Charles is too far away,”

McLeish told the Birmingham Mail. “He is only doing running at the

moment and has not joined in with any of the football. “He is a

little bit behind in that respect, so we’re trying to give a crash

course before next weekend. “We’ll be looking to get Charles

involved right away. He’ll come to Braga, hopefully he’ll play at

the weekend. As to how many minutes he plays, that remains to be

seen.”