McLeish hopeful on Hleb
Alex McLeish is hopeful Alexander Hleb will be fit to face Arsenal in next Sunday's Carling Cup final.
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Last Updated: 19/02/11 10:33pm
Birmingham City manager Alex McLeish is hopeful Alexander Hleb will be fit to face Arsenal in next Sunday's Carling Cup final.
The Belarus international was stretchered off in the first half of Blues' 3-0 FA Cup fifth round success over Sheffield Wednesday with a knee injury.
The on-loan Barcelona man left St Andrews on crutches and he will undergo a scan in the next 24 hours to ascertain the severity of the injury.
McLeish does not believe Hleb suffered knee ligament damage and is crossing his fingers he does not lose his services for the Wembley showpiece.
"The latest is he's limping heavily in the dressing room," explained McLeish.
"He'll hopefully have a scan in the next 24 hours. I need to firm that up with the doctor. We'll know after that if there's any damage.
"It's his knee. We don't believe it's a cruciate problem. He got a fair rattle. The guy was late in the tackle.
"He's a great player and we still believe he'll make an impact for us at some stage this season and hopefully he'll be okay for the final."
Striker Cameron Jerome also suffered an ankle injury in the contest, but McLeish believes the former Cardiff City man will be fit for next Sunday.
McLeish made a host of changes for the visit of the League One side and he was delighted the fringe players gave an excellent account of themselves.
Blues' second goal of the game was scored by new signing Obafemi Martins and McLeish believes the strike will have lifted his confidence ahead of their Gunners clash.
"(Jerome) went over on his ankle. We don't think it's too serious. He should be available," he continued.
"We've got a thin squad as it is. If Alex misses out then that's another man down.
"Martins getting a goal will have boosted his confidence. He had a lively day. I thought he looked impressive at times.
"In terms of allowing players to recharge batteries, being able to change the team and give the players some much-needed match practice it was a good day for us.
"The strength of the squad was shown today. All of the guys who came in all played extremely well. I don't think we had a passenger today."