Date: 20th September 2018 at 5:33pm
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Birmingham City manager Garry Monk hopes to have midfielders Maikel Kieftenbeld and Craig Gardner available for Saturday’s trip to Championship league leaders Leeds United.

The duo missed last night’s draw at Sheffield United with knocks, with Gardner also missing the draw at home to West Bromwich Albion last Friday.

Garry Monk has confirmed that Gardner has returned to training today, while Kieftenbeld, who is believed to have had a slight hamstring strain, should return fully tomorrow.

“Craig Gardner is back in training today and Kief is back out on the grass today,” said Monk.

“They both picked up knocks.

“Kief’s was in the last game (against West Brom) and Gards in training.

“We’re very hopeful that both will be fully available for training again tomorrow.”

In both players’ absence, youngster Charlie Lakin was given a first start and impressed against the Blades, so while Monk is hopeful that the experienced midfield duo are fit enough to return for the weekend, he may look to reward Lakin with another start after his midweek performance.

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