Bruce laments injury
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Birmingham manager Steve Bruce is cursing his luck after Clinton Morrison's injury.Birmingham City manager Steve Bruce is cursing his luck after Clinton Morrison became the latest Blue to be injured on international duty.
Morrison hurt his knee during Republic of Ireland's 0-0 draw with France in last Saturday's 2006 World Cup qualifier.
The forward requires an operation on the problem and he will be out of action for around a month.
Bruce lamented the injury to Morrison which leaves him with just Dwight Yorke and Emile Heskey as his striking options at St Andrews.
While he admits he would never deprive any of his players from representing their country, Bruce concedes it is becoming something of a double-edged sword.
The Blues chief has revealed it is frustrating when he counts the cost to Birmingham of his players appearing for their respective nations.
"Unfortunately we have been hit with it again," Bruce told Sky Sports News. "Let's hope it's not too serious.
"The scan results have revealed he has got cartilage damage so unfortunately we're without him for four to five weeks.
"The big thing as a manager is you want people to represent their country. No manager is going to deny that but our allegiance is to a football club.
"Unfortunately in the past we have had two or three people go away on international duty and come back injured.
"It's one of those horrible ones, a no-win situation. One thing you're looking for, especially me when you've got Man Utd on Saturday, is you want all your players to return fit, fingers crossed, from Wednesday night."