Pair return for Birmingham

Birmingham’s top scorer Craig Gardner and defender Liam Ridgewell return after two and one-match suspensions respectively for the Premier League clash at Tottenham on Sunday.

Birmingham’s top scorer Craig Gardner and defender Liam Ridgewell return after two and one-match suspensions respectively for the Premier League clash at Tottenham on Sunday.

Blues boss Alex McLeish will check on the fitness of Lee Bowyer (hamstring) Martin Jiranek (ankle) and Stuart Parnaby (groin) who were all substituted against Fulham.

Alexander Hleb is definitely ruled out with a knee setback suffered against the Cottagers while on-loan Tottenham winger David Bentley is ineligible to face his parent club.

Provisional squad: Foster, Carr, Johnson, Jiranek, Ridgewell, Parnaby, Murphy, Larsson, Ferguson, Gardner, Bowyer, Jerome, Phillips, Doyle, Fahey, Derbyshire, Mutch, Davies, Beausejour.

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