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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One Reply to “Monk gives fitness update on duo”

  • Manfully striding On is admirable within our club amidst all the doom and gloom.Last week we had The Guardian paper suggesting we are in for a twelve point deduction from the EFL and today The Times has upped this to a suggested 15 points. Sometimes people battle throughout adversity and come through it.Our case is made even harder by the sheer fact that the mere name BCFC brings an almost hatred factor,very similar to the old days at the mention of Millwall. News media,pundits and now it appears our fellow Championship clubs wish us ill. This is a miserable time for the club and us fans with only eight games played and the dangling sword of EFL punishment to come.However this season pans out and whatever league we end up in,our survival as a club must be the end game.TTA,Dragon Villa,Birmingham Sports Holdings etc. must communicate with the fans at this period of uncertainty.Garry Monk is doing his best by engaging more despite his ambitions for the club taking a number of sickening blows. Last nights performance at Sheffield and last fridays game against WBA showed the grit the players have and the respect for the manager. When the win comes is obviously important but the bigger picture is of where our club is heading. Should the EFL succumb to outside pressures and virtually relegate us would only serve as a spite that would be felt by the entire football club and sadly see any worthwhile assets shipped out.My own personal activity since early September has been to regularly email the EFL with my views and pleas,together with other family members now scattered in other parts but supporters of the club. Perhaps those reading this may wish to follow suit-every email counts etc.

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