Football - Lingard braced for Blues bow

New signing Jesse Lingard comes into contention for his Birmingham debut at home to Sheffield Wednesday.

PA Sport Report

The highly-rated versatile midfielder arrived on a month-long loan deal from Manchester United on Thursday and is set to go straight into Lee Clark's struggling side to face the Owls.

Captain Paul Robinson returns after missing Tuesday's 3-0 defeat at Burnley through suspension, while long-term absentee David Murphy and Akwasi Asante are also back in the fold.

Striker Lee Novak (knee) is a doubt while the game comes just too soon for Nikola Zigic as he increases his match fitness after a lengthy back problem.

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