Birmingham City team news: Gary Rowett confident in ability of young defensive pair

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November 4, 2016 by Shane Ireland

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Birmingham City head to Huddersfield Town tomorrow sweating on the fitness of a number of key players.

Jonathan Spector, Stephen Gleeson and Paul Robinson are all described as “50/50″ ahead of the match after not training this week.

The potential absence of Spector and Robinson leaves Blues depleted at the back, with only Jonathan Grounds, Michael Morrison and Ryan Shotton the senior defenders confirmed to be in the squad.

With fitness concerns for the trip to the John Smith’s Stadium, manager Gary Rowett will likely have to bring in younger players such as Josh Cogley or Daniel Cleary to plug the defensive gaps – and it’s a move that he would be more than prepared to take.

“We’ve got the likes of Josh Cogley who I think has been ready for his opportunity,” said Rowett.

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“I’ve got no qualms about adding him to that group.

“I’d also have no qualms about adding someone like Dan Cleary to that group as well, because I think he’s been very encouraging.

“But we are a little bit thin of numbers, both full-backs have had relatively serious injuries and won’t be back playing again until the next window.”

Both full-back Cogley and centre-back Cleary have impressed in Blues’ development squad and Cogley has been considered as part of the first-team already this season.

Elsewhere, Paul Caddis and Rhoys Wiggins are absentees.

Caddis continues his rehabilitation after dislocating his shoulder while Wiggins sustained a serious knee injury in last week’s Second City derby.

Although Wiggins’ diagnosis is not yet clear, his loan spell at St Andrew’s will probably be terminated.

Rowett said: “We will find out definitively in the next few days. He will probably end up going back to Bournemouth and we wish him well.”

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