Updates from Harry Redknapp

Paul Groves and Harry Redknapp today at Wast Hills.

Lukas Jutkiewicz might be fit to return for Blues on Tuesday.


Blues manager Harry Redknapp has provided a series of updates ahead of Saturday's match.

Blues face Bristol City in the opening St. Andrew's Sky Bet Championship game.

Redknapp cannot wait to return to league action at the ground to sample what should be a cracking atmosphere against the Robins - and hopefully yield three points.

Team wise, there are no new injuries.

Cheick Keita remains absent with a groin niggle, but Josh Dacres-Cogley has recovered from an ankle injury sustained in pre-season at Kidderminster Harriers.

In regard Lukas Jutkiewicz, who sustained a calf injury in the last pre-season friendly, Redknapp said: "He is getting close - he could be OK for Tuesday night, it would be nice to have him back in the squad."

Blues, who face Bolton Wanderers at St. Andrew's on Tuesday, remain in the market for new players.

Reports have emerged that Ogenyi Onazi is on Blues radar.

The Nigeria midfielder currently plays for Trabzonspor in Turkey.

Redknapp said: "He’s a player we are chasing. Hopeful."

Bristol City's visit has extra spice due to Blues well documented interest in Aden Flint and Joe Bryan.

About Flint, Redknapp said: "Our valuations are sort of not the same and Bristol have got every right to value him as they see fit, as we have got every right not to pay what they want.

"And if we don’t pay it, then we don’t get him, that's it. I've got other options, too, who have come to light in the last few days."

Bryan won't be moving from the south west, Redknapp revealed.

“We were interested but they don’t want to sell him. It’s dead.

“I think he’s up there with the best left-backs, certainly in the Championship. We made an offer, it wasn’t good enough.

"They said no matter what you offer he’s not for sale so that was the end of it. We don’t want to cause problems for anyone, they just don’t want to sell him.”

Ryan Shotton continues to train with Blues as his potential transfer has not happened - yet.

Redknapp explained: "We agreed a deal with Middlesbrough for Ryan but we can't let him go really without getting replacements in.

"There's a couple of centre-halves we've been offered, I have good reports on from foreign clubs, so we're looking at them as well."