Garry Monk to face old club Middlesbrough in first game as Birmingham boss

Birmingham City

New Birmingham boss Garry Monk has no fresh injury or suspension concerns for the home clash with his old club Middlesbrough.

Midfielder Maikel Kieftenbeld returned from a two-game suspension for accruing 10 bookings in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Nottingham Forest and picked up another yellow card.

David Davis is closing in on a return following a knee injury but this game comes too soon, while Isaac Vassell (knee) and Jonathan Grounds (medial ligament) remain sidelined.

Lukas Jutkiewicz impressed as a second-half substitute against the Reds and will hope for a more prominent role against Boro.

Middlesbrough are without skipper Grant Leadbitter for the trip after he was booked for the 10th time this season in the 3-0 win over Leeds on Friday night.

Leadbitter had been an injury concern for the clash after hurting his hamstring in the 3-3 draw at Sunderland.

Rudy Gestede will not return this season after fracturing his ankle in the recent win against Hull.

Fabio is edging closer to fitness following a thigh problem but will not be in contention for the Blues game.


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