Pep Clotet’s Birmingham City have made a decent start in the Championship, currently sat in ninth place with six matches played with a trip to high-flying Charlton awaiting them upon their return.
However, it looks like the manager will now have one less option to choose from for the clash.
Left-back Cheick Keita limped out of the action just before the hour mark after taking a blow to the ankle, once again throwing his immediate future with the club into doubt.
Writing on Twitter, the club’s official account said: “Cheick Keita is replaced by Miguel Fernandez after taking a heavy blow to the ankle. The Blues man was helped to his feet but limped off.”
And the Malian will be beginning to think that his time at St. Andrew’s is rather cursed.
Since signing for the Blues back in January 2017 from Italian side Virtus Entrella for around £1.5million, Keita has gone on to make just 11 appearances for the first-team, racking-up one assist.
He has spent the last two seasons away on loan, however, first with Bologna in the 2017/18 campaign and then KAS Eupen in Belgium for the previous season.
With Eupen, he enjoyed relative success, scoring twice and assisting one more as he racked up 24 appearances but it has not taken long for his time back in Birmingham took take a sour turn once again.
Whilst the extent of the injury is not yet known, how Keita felt limping off the field for the Under-23s may be easier to fathom a guess at.
Coming to England to play his football will have been a huge decision for Keita to make, especially coming to the Championship where so many international products have fallen by the way side in recent seasons.
Of course, he will have hoped that he would not fall into that category but is starting to look more and more like he will and he will surely be heartbroken about it.
I might be wrong, and for his sake I hope I am. However, it just seems inevitable that it is not going to work for him at St. Andrew’s and he will surely be starting to notice that as well.