Referee confirmed for Wigan game

This will be the 18th game of the season for the Hertfordshire-based official.

In his 17 matches so far he has produced 49 yellow cards and three reds.

The last time he refereed a Blues fixture was our Championship home game against Bournemouth in March 2014. That game ended in a 4-2 defeat for Blues. Three players were booked on that occasion, including Paul Caddis and Darren Randolph for Blues.

Mr Russell will be assisted by Gavin Muge and Timothy Wood.