Blues team news ahead of Preston test

The central midfielder (pictured) missed Friday's match against Sheffield Wednesday because of a slight ankle injury, but looks to have recovered sufficiently to be included.

His availability is important, because David Davis starts a two-game ban after collecting his tenth caution of the season at Hillsborough.   

"It is a blow because David is an important player and has always played in the team," said the Blues boss.

"We will have to make up for him missing but I am sure there will be another player coming in that will do their best. 

"But hopefully Robert Tesche should be fit, which is good news."

Meanwhile, winger Jacques Maghoma has suffered a minor set-back with his recovery from a knee injury and a trio of other senior players remain unavailable.  

"Maghoma has had a little set-back, we were trying to push him forward in training and he still feels the knee," confirmed Zola.

 "I don't think it will be this week, possibly the next one

"[Michael] Morrison is going to be a few more weeks as he is still recovering from the [hernia]operation. 

"Ryan [Shotton, groin] shouldn't be too far away. Maybe next week.

"Clayton [Donaldson, heel] is still three weeks away as far as I know."