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Teenage Rampage? – Leeds Preview
Today sees Birmingham City travel north to take on Leeds United in the FA Cup third round. With both teams struggling for players due to injury and illness and ticket sales being slow it could end up being a very low key game indeed.
There has been a virus making the rounds of the Thorp Arch training ground, with two un-named players falling victim to it yesterday along with manager Neil Warnock who will likely miss this game.
Rodolph Austin is expected to start whilst Aidy White returns from suspension and Tom Lees and Adam Drury are expected to be fit again for this fixture. Winger Jerome Thomas has returned to West Bromwich Albion so Ryan Hall should start on the left and Alan Tate has been given permission by his parent club Swansea to play. There could be a choice between Jamie Ashdown and Paul Rachubka in goal for the whites.
Birmingham City’s injury problems are well documented, and I made a full list of who could and who won’t play yesterday. Development Squad right back Ryan Higgins is the latest to be handed a number which suggests Will Packwood hasn’t made it and I think there is a very good chance that teenager Marcel Henry-Francis will also get some action.
With so many players out I don’t think we can expect much but I suspect that like previous performances with the kids, they will put in a shift and do their best. Whilst some might think that the Cup is a low priority I disagree – a win at Leeds would be morale boosting and a cup run will bring in more money for the team – something which is greatly needed. Even so, I don’t envy Lee Clark tomorrow picking a team from what is available – it could be very difficult.