Blues handed Davies boost

Birmingham have received welcome news amid their defensive frailties after it was confirmed Curtis Davies' ankle injury is not as bad as first feared.

The centre-back went down under immense pain late on in Saturday's 1-0 home defeat to Huddersfield but fortunately, after lengthy treatment, shunned an available stretcher to hobble down the touchline and back to the dressing room.

And a full assessment of the injury has revealed no major damage, with Davies expected to be fit for the visit of Leicester when they return to npower Championship action after the international break on October 20.

On-loan right-back James Hurst has also recovered from the cramp which forced him off in the second half at St Andrew's.

Fellow defenders David Murphy (hamstring), Pablo Ibanez (broken toe) and Will Packwood (back) are all battling to be fit to face the Foxes, but Stephen Carr (knee) and Paul Caddis (shoulder) are long-term absentees.

One man who definitely will not be available is striker Nikola Zigic, as he will start a three-match suspension after Birmingham opted not to appeal his dismissal against the Terriers for a high challenge on Calum Woods.