Birmingham lose Upson for a month

 

Birmingham boss Steve Bruce insists players will not be leaving St Andrews in the transfer window as he comes to terms with a month without injured centre-back Matthew Upson.

Upson has an ankle injury, the latest in a number of injury setbacks to hamper Bruce's season and leave Birmingham second from bottom and six points behind fourth-bottom West Brom.

Walter Pandiani and Mario Melchiot have been linked with moves away from the club but Bruce wants to keep the current squad together and bolster his numbers by bringing in players.
 
Bruce said: “I have got a few things in the pipeline but they have got to be of the right quality, and are they available and have we got the funds?

“I also have to stress to everybody that there won't be anybody going out, not if I can help it.”

Upson limped out of the 2-0 defeat by Chelsea and the 26-year-old will not play against Wigan tomorrow at St Andrews, Birmingham's fourth game in eight days.

“Matt has twisted his ankle badly and I would think that he will be out for at least a month,” Bruce told official club website www.bcfc.com
 
“I am sick and tired of talking about it and bleating but I think it is fairly obvious to everyone why we are in the situation that we are in.

“But we have got to try and get over it. The transfer window is open so we'll see if we can freshen things up and bring a few bodies in.”
 
Without a win in five games, Birmingham face the Latics at home with Muzzy Izzet, Melchiot and Stan Lazaridis possibly returning from injury.

On-loan midfielder Jiri Jarosik is also in contention after being ineligible against his parent club Chelsea, who triumphed at Stamford Bridge through goals by Hernan Crespo and Arjen Robben.

“It looks as if Lazaridis, Melchiot and Izzet will be okay and we will have Jarosik back in contention,” added Bruce. “So at least we have a few fresh faces available.