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Team news for final day

Posted: Thu 01 May 2014
Author: Peter Lewis

Paul Robinson

Blues will be boosted by the return of skipper Paul Robinson to the squad for Saturday’s crucial trip to Bolton Wanderers.

The experienced centre-half has missed the last three games due to suspension but makes a timely comeback for the do-or-die finale against his former employers.

The 33-year-old is almost certain to return to the backline. However, strong performances from Jonathan Spector and Hayden Mullins at the centre of defence in Tuesday’s narrow home defeat to promotion hopefuls Wigan Athletic has provided boss Lee Clark with some food for thought.

“I can accommodate all three,” commented Clark, referring to Robinson, Spector and Mullins – the latter was recalled from his recent loan spell at Notts County at the start of this week and did well against the Latics.

“Whether we put Paul in at left-back or Jon can go to right-back or into midfield. You’re looking at three experienced players that have seen a lot in their careers. I thought the two lads (Mullins and Spector) were very good on Tuesday.”

On having his captain available again, Clark added: “When he has played, Paul has been excellent for us throughout the season. So that’s a real positive for us (to have him back).”

Peter Lovenkrands, who has missed the last two games with an ankle problem, is also set to return to full training tomorrow with a view to coming back into contention for the Reebok Stadium showdown.

“Peter has pushed himself to try and be in the 18, which is a positive one for us too, because he is a player that can get us a goal, which we could possibly need,” Clark said.

“We’ve got a little concern over Lee Novak (hip), who had to come off at half-time (against Wigan) and we’ll check on him. We’ve got a couple of bumps and bruises but that’s to be expected with the short period of time between the games.”
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