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Last Updated: Thursday, 20 April 2006, 10:52 GMT 11:52 UK
Birmingham hit by more injuries
Steve Bruce
Bruce's campaign with Birmingham has been beset by injury problems
Birmingham manager Steve Bruce has been rocked by more injury blows following Wednesday's vital win over Blackburn.

The 2-1 victory at St Andrews was tempered by injuries to Jermaine Pennant and Emile Heskey, who suffered groin and ankle problems respectively.

The pair are unlikely to face Everton this weekend and join Matthew Upson, Jiri Jarosik, David Dunn, Muzzy Izzet and Stan Lazaridis on the sidelines.

Bruce said: "It's horrendous how we keep picking up injury after injury."

It means Bruce, whose side moved out of the relegation zone with their defeat of Blackburn, will again have to shuffle his side at Goodison Park.

He said: "I came into a press conference last Friday all bright and bubbly about having a full squad to choose from for just about the first time this season.

Even when we win a game, things are tempered by yet more injuries
Steve Bruce

"Then, within 48 hours, Jarosik has done his hamstring in training, Upson has ruptured his Achilles and Dunn has damaged his calf.

"Now we've lost Pennant and Heskey in the match against Blackburn.

"Pennant hurt his groin in the first 30 seconds taking a free-kick, while Heskey has gone over on his ankle and had to come off.

"Lazaridis is struggling desperately with a groin problem, Jarosik is nowhere near ready and Dunn has no chance. Muzzy might have a chance for Saturday but his knee is very sore."

And the 45-year-old could not help but rue his luck this season, adding: "Even when we win a game, things are tempered by yet more injuries.

"Now I have yet more to ponder over for Saturday."

Birmingham 2-1 Blackburn
19 Apr 06 |  Premiership


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