Birmingham v Blackburn preview
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Blues will hope to improve on a sequence of just one win in each matches, that has seen City not win a game at home since September.
Bruce has been rocked by news this week that England international Matthew Upson is unlikely to feature. The central defender limped out of last weekend's 3-1 defeat to Liverpool with a calf injury and now seems set to miss out. Darren Purse is on stand-by to deputise.
Midfielder David Dunn makes his first appearance against the club he left in the summer and will be keen to have a good performance in front of Blackburn manager Graeme Souness.
The Rovers manager welcomes back Andy Cole and Lucas Neil for the difficult trip to St Andrews, both back in contention after three and two-game suspensions respectively.
Cole and his fellow misfiring forwards will be under increased pressure to perform this weekend, after Souness admitted to be pursuing ex-Everton loan striker Brian McBride.
Rovers skipper Gary Flitcroft will travel to St Andrews but is unlikely to feature. The midfielder missed Saturday's win over Tottenham at Ewood Park with a groin strain and it appears he will miss out again.
Peter Enckleman, who this week signed on loan for an additional month from Aston Villa, will again provide cover for Brad Friedel.