Midfielder set for Blues return

BY foxsports • April 7, 2011

The on-loan Barcelona player suffered a knee setback during the FA Cup tie with Sheffield Wednesday in mid February which shattered his dreams of facing former club Arsenal in the Carling Cup final. But Hleb is now back available for Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash with Blackburn at Ewood Park. Birmingham manager Alex McLeish said: "Alex is a terrific player and he's got the ability to make a difference and be a game-breaker, game -changer if you like. "It's good to welcome players back and have them in the fold and it's a selection problem for me - but it's one I'd rather have. "He was excellent in that cup game against Sheffield Wednesday and that's sadly when he got the injury. "But he was also very good for us in an away game against Fulham." McLeish added: "Alex is frustrated at how things have gone because of injuries. "I know that he is very, very keen to steer us up the table. "Alex is at a good level again in terms of his knee so he should make the squad this weekend. "He has been out for a few weeks but is at a pretty good stage fitness-wise now. "He had an injection in his knee at the beginning of last week. He has been running well." Central defender Martin Jiranek is still recovering from a toe problem which required surgery while winger David Bentley, who is on loan from Tottenham, is also ruled out with a groin injury. McLeish believes City's remaining home games could decide their fate but he is keen to pick up points away from St Andrew's. He said: "We've got three home games. If we take care of the home games, I believe we'll be okay. "But at the same time we want to pick up as many points as we can. On the road, it is difficult."


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