Birmingham City boss Aitor Karanka has revealed that Ivan Sanchez is playing through pain as he looks to do his bit to help keep the team in the Championship.
With Blues just three points and one place above the relegation zone, every game is significant for Karanka’s men. And, there was a fear that they would have to do without the influential Sanchez in recent weeks, after he suffered with a groin injury.
Speaking to the club’s media, Karanka confirmed the Spaniard is struggling right now, but he also revealed that the wide man is determined to stay in the team.
“Ivan Sanchez is playing with a lot of pain in his groin, but he is doing very well for us. He is putting in a lot of effort, on and off the ball. He is committed in every game.”
This update prompted a mixed response from the Blues fans, with some understandably concerned that such a key player is carrying an injury going into a crucial period.
Yet, many are delighted with the attitude shown by the player, and they feel that’s exactly what’s needed given Blues’ situation.
Here we look at some of the reaction from Twitter…
Am wondering why that information has been divulged if he’s going to play
— AndyBav (@oftenpartizan) March 4, 2021
You just know were gonna lose sanchez for the last 5 games when we really need him
— Simon Ward (@sim7887) March 4, 2021
Maybe he shouldn't play just an idea
— Craig 🌹 (@CraigDHoare) March 4, 2021
Love the bloke💙
— Paul H 🏐🌍 (@PRH0121) March 4, 2021
— Connor (@connor_bcfc94) March 4, 2021
True commitment https://t.co/nW9vFyHddt
— Lad from the Tilton (@LadFromTheBlues) March 4, 2021
Easy to assume that someone who has never played outside of Spain would shy away from the physical battle of English football but he's a warrior. Probably the player I'm most looking forward to watch live. https://t.co/Ci2NklZ6nV
— Tom (@TP0wen) March 4, 2021