Bruce dismisses Yakubu talk
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Steve Bruce has played down reports linking Birmingham with a move for Yakubu.Steve Bruce has played down reports linking Birmingham with a move for Middlesbrough striker Yakubu Aiyegbeni.
Speculation suggests Yakubu could be set to leave The Riverside this summer, and a number of Premier League clubs are understood to be monitoring his situation.
However, Bruce is currently focusing his attention on securing deals for Tottenham pair Mido and Hossam Ghaly.
And he insists that will make him too busy to pursue Yakubu, who scored 16 goals for Boro last term.
"It's fair to say we're down the line with the Tottenham boys, as we all know," Bruce told the Birmingham Mail.
"So Yakubu, I wouldn't think there's going to be anything there."
Meanwhile, Bruce has admitted that he is concerned about Rafael Schmitz's Achilles injury.
The on-loan Brazilian, who has also had to wait for his international clearance to be granted, is doubtful for Saturday's pre-season friendly against Walsall.
"We're a little bit short defensively, one or two have got niggles," said Bruce.
"It's disappointing that we've not been able to see Schmitz yet.
"We didn't have his international clearance at first and then he picked up this problem.
"I'm always worried to death about Achilles tendon injuries because they could be anything.
"We hope he will respond to treatment and he will be okay."