English League Championship

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  • 01 Jan 2013
  • KO 15:00
  • Ground: St Andrews Stadium
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Birmingham City

0-1

Cardiff City

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Sunday 30th December 2012 18:45

Nikola Zigic: Suspended for Birmingham

Nikola Zigic: Suspended for Birmingham

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Birmingham manager Lee Clark has a selection crisis ahead of the Championship clash with Cardiff at St Andrew's on New Year's Day.

Nikola Zigic picked up two late bookings in the 3-1 defeat at Bolton, his second red card of the season, meaning the Serbia international will miss the next two games.

With Marlon King (knee), Peter Lovenkrands (calf), and Akwasi Asante (hamstring) all sidelined, Jake Jervis is the only striker at Clark's disposal.

The 21-year-old has never made a senior start for the Blues but could be thrown in at the deep end against the league leaders.

Midfielders Papa Bouba Diop (hamstring) and Darren Ambrose (knee) are also absent, meaning Clark's options are further limited.

Defender Will Packwood missed the defeat at the Reebok Stadium with illness, but the American should be back available to face the Bluebirds.

Cardiff striker Rudy Gestede will hope to retain his place in the starting line-up after scoring the only goal against Millwall on only his seventh Championship start.

With games coming thick and fast for the table-toppers manager Malky Mackay may decide to freshen things up with Don Cowie, Jordon Mutch, Joe Mason and Kim Bo-Kyung all waiting in the wings having been in and out of the side in recent weeks.

Stephen McPhail and Tommy Smith, meanwhile, are targeting the FA Cup third-round clash at Macclesfield for a return to action after spells on the sidelines.

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