Lee Boyer reveals Chelsea loan decision as Birmingham City striker hammer blow

Welcome to Birmingham Live’s coverage of all things Birmingham City on Friday, January 14.

denny blow

Birmingham City have suffered another injury blow, with news that Troy Deeney will be missing in the next four weeks.

The 33-year-old suffered a thigh injury at the hands of Plymouth Argyll at the end of the FA Cup and is now absent during a crucial period for Le Boyer’s men.

The Blues go to Preston on Saturday, facing Fulham in a big way on Tuesday, before meeting the bottom three of the championship in just eight days before the end of the month.

“Troy has something to his thigh at the end of the game on Saturday, when he came out I knew there was a problem,” head coach Lee Boyer said.

“Apparently in the last few seconds he felt something in his thigh and he’s going to be out for a while – about four weeks.”

There is at least some positive news that Deeney’s most likely replacement, Lukas Jatkiewicz, has returned to the team along with other senior players.

“Mark Roberts started training on Monday so he’s trained all week which is good to come back from a hamstring injury – especially losing George for this game as well.

“Juki did a little bit with the group on Tuesday and today is his first full training session, so that’s good.

“Troy is out now so we need Juki to recover. Then you’ve got Bella who has also started training all the way today. She had a thigh strain.

“Gary Gardner is fine, he’s really hard, he had a swollen ankle, so we took him off but he settled really well. He started training on Tuesday and he’ll be fine.

chong boost

10 trouble at Birmingham City, with one contender set to make a comeback soon, but no clarity on the other.

The Blues do not have a natural successor to the late Riley McGree, with Tahit Chong injured and not playing since late October.

However, there is hope that the Manchester United player will be back at Vast Hills soon, providing much-needed relief for embattled head coach Lee Boyer, who has seen his team’s goals slow.

Chong posted footage of himself training on social media earlier this week – something that brightened Bauer’s mood.

“He’s moving in the right direction,” Boyer said. “We hope to have him back in February – fingers crossed that nothing happens between now and then, but there is some light at the end of the tunnel with Tahit.

“We have missed him badly, exactly what he brings us in the last third. He takes us on the pitch and creates a lot of problems, we have definitely missed that type of player.

“And his work rate, I can’t say anything negative about him, it’s only positive, he’s a great lad and I can’t wait for him to come back.”

transfer transcript

Bauer held his weekly press conference on Thursday afternoon, with the second week of the transfer window about to close.

Birmingham City have added two players to the head coach’s squad, Teden Mengye from Manchester United and Taylor Richards from Brighton.

However, they are barely breaking with the departure of Dion Sanderson and Riley McGree and the pressure to add new players remains.

Bauer was asked about the club’s prospects in the transfer market – as well as some of their current players.

We have reconciled what was said about recruiting and retaining players.

How confident are you that you can strengthen your squad?

LB: We want to strengthen the team, there are other teams around us doing it so we don’t want to fall short.

We need to strengthen the squad that everyone recognizes.

Has there been any progress on the transfer front, with some deals approaching?

LB: We are constantly talking to players and clubs and trying to get things done. It is so frustrating at times. You think ‘Okay, we must have done one here’ and then it doesn’t happen.

All we can do is keep pushing and pushing and trying and bringing some in.

borough bound

Riley McGree has decided to join Scottish giants Celtic after talks with manager Ange Postekoglu.

McGree, a former Birmingham City loanee, is set to return to England this month and suitors are in no short supply after his impressive 18-month stint at St Andrews.

McGree became a key player under Lee Boyer and recorded two goals and two assists in 13 appearances for the Blues before returning to MLS club Charlotte FC in early January.

The Blues are not in a position to sign McGree permanently, which has paved the way for the Australia international to go elsewhere.

Former Australia coach Postekoglu wanted to take McGree to Celtic, but They have confirmed that the 23-year-old has decided against relocating to Glasgow.

He said: “I can tell you there are no other offers out there, we haven’t talked to anyone else. Riley McGree was someone we were interested in because of my association with us, obviously I think the player is very good. I know the way

“After the initial discussion, they decided to look elsewhere, which is fine.”