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Sunday, January 1, 2006
Birmingham lose Upson to injury for a month

Birmingham will be without central defender Matthew Upson for the home match with Wigan after he was sidelined for up to a month.

Upson twisted his ankle after 10 minutes of the 2-0 defeat to Chelsea and becomes the eighth member of Steve Bruce's squad in the treatment room.

'Matt has twisted his ankle badly and I would think he will be out for at least a month,' said Bruce.

'I am sick and tired of talking about it and bleating but I think it is fairly obvious to everyone why we are in the situation we are in.

'But we have to try and get over it. The transfer window is open so we'll see if we can freshen things up and bring a few bodies in,' Bruce told the club website.

Olivier Tebily, who took over from Upson at Stamford Bridge, is likely to deputise against Wigan.

Midfielder Jiri Jarosik, who is on loan from Chelsea, was not allowed to play at Stamford Bridge but could return against Wigan.

Left-back Jamie Clapham, who missed the Chelsea game, will have a late fitness check on a knee injury.

Muzzy Izzet, Mario Melchiot and Stand Lazaridis could return from injury but David Dunn is out.




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