Zigic hoping to make run-in

Alex McLeish’s £6million capture from Valencia last summer has

scored eight goals this season, including the opener in the Carling

Cup final win over Arsenal. But he has been troubled by groin and

hip problems for the past two months which have restricted his

appearances. McLeish said: “It has been a bit of a nightmare with

Zigic. The medical team have done what they could but he keeps kind

of breaking down and it is too painful for him to continue. “We

can’t get anything out of a player who is showing he is restricted

when he is making his movements. “Zigic needs to be able to move

freely. He needs to be able to jump to get the best from him. “We

have seen specialists. We feel he is close to playing. “But we are

trying one or two other things the next couple of days to see if we

can get him to participate in at least one or two of the games. “It

is different levels of treatment.”