Birmingham will play Blackburn this weekend in what should be an intriguing Championship clash – and they could be able to do it with Maxime Colin back in the side, as reported by Birmingham Live.
Lee Bowyer has managed to get his side playing some solid football at times but they have currently had to settle for a spot in midtable rather than a battle for a play-off spot.
With only one win in their last five games too, they’ll be desperate to get some more points on the board.
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Part of the reason comes down to some injury issues at the Blues. The side have had a number of regular first-team players out injured and will be desperate to have some of them back available to them as soon as possible.
Their next game comes against Blackburn, who are currently well in the running for a top six place and potentially even an automatic promotion spot too. Rovers have looked sharp and Ben Brereton-Diaz has been in fine form, bagging plenty of goals for the club so far this season.
The Blues though will be boosted by the potential return of Maxime Colin, with Lee Bowyer telling Birmingham Live that the player has been back in training this week and could potentially feature – although it is likely to not be from the outset.
He said: “Max has been outside all week, he has trained with us today, he will train with us tomorrow, he is definitely looking good – that’s a big positive for us moving forward.
“There’s a chance he will be in the squad, that’s for sure.”
Although the player then perhaps isn’t at full fitness, his imminent return to the squad is great news for everyone at Birmingham. The side have struggled with injuries, especially to their defence, so the return of such a key player will likely help them in the second half of the campaign.
Birmingham are a solid team and Lee Bowyer has certainly transformed their fortunes since taking over. He could have had them higher in the table this season if not for a lot of injuries – so it will be positive for him to see Colin back in training.
Colin would no doubt have been a starter if he was fit. Without him – and others – the Blues have struggled and their options in terms of squad selection have been relatively thin compared to other teams in the table.
As soon as Bowyer can get as many of his side fit and firing again the better – and it will start with Colin, who could now even play a part against Blackburn if he is match fit enough.
Birmingham and Lee Bowyer then could be able to give Blackburn a game this weekend, especially if they can add the experienced defender into the side, even if it is just for a cameo in the second half of the fixture.