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Donaldson back in the squad for Newcastle United visit

Posted: Fri 17 Mar 2017

Clayton Donaldson returns to the Blues matchday squad for tomorrow’s Sky Bet Championship home game against Newcastle United.

The Jamaican international has not figured for the First Team since netting in the 2-1 victory over Ipswich Town on 13 December.

Last season’s top-scorer has completed 45 minutes in each of the last two Blues Development Squad games, where he also registered a goal in both.

“Clayton will be in the squad tomorrow which is very good news,” confirmed Blues boss Gianfranco Zola.

“He is much better and catching up (fitness-wise). 

“It’s just about finding the right moment to put him back in the team."

Full-back Cheick Keita is back in training after missing last weekend’s trip to Cardiff City with a knee injury.   

“He (Keita) trained this morning, so he is fit in terms of medical fitness, but in terms of condition I don’t know because he didn’t train for most of the week so I will decide tomorrow,” said Zola.

If Keita is not quite ready to return, Zola says he is happy for Jonathan Grounds to continue.

“Jonathan did very well and I was pleased with his performance, so there is a strong possibility he will be back in the position again.” 

Meanwhile, central defender Michael Morrison has suffered a slight set-back in his return to fitness following groin surgery at the start of February.

He went in for a minor bout of surgery this week after complications following an initial groin operation.

It has set him back another week or so on the road to recovery.
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