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Boss issues latest injury update

Kerim Mrabti.
Kerim Mrabti.

That means we only have to work on the ACL, which will shorten the recovery and that is very good news for Josh.

Pep Clotet.

Pep Clotet says that Kerim Mrabti (hamstring) and Jacques Maghoma (thigh) are making good progress with their respective injuries and are 'not far off' a return to fitness.

"Kerim is already back on the pitch, so it looks like he'll be back training with us soon," said Clotet.

"Maghoma is a little bit later but not far off and we hope they can be back with us as soon as possible."

There is also some positive news regarding Josh McEachran who sustained a knee in Blues FA Cup fixture against Coventry City.

"Regarding Josh, he's due to have surgery.

"Apart from the cruciate, the medial ligament was also affected.

"The surgeon took a look at it and said he's going to wait a couple of weeks because it looks like the medial ligament was getting stronger and could heal (on its own).

"That means we only have to work on the ACL, which will shorten the recovery and that is very good news for Josh, although it's still going to be long-term.

"But I see Josh every day and with a very good attitude and he's positive about it so I'm sure he will come back strongly."

Meanwhile, Blues' Head Coach also revealed that striker Odin Bailey faces four to six weeks on the sidelines.

Bailey is currently on loan with League Two side Forest Green and he picked up an ankle injury during their 3-2 home defeat to Port Vale on Tuesday.

"In Tuesday night's game he got a tackle and it affected the ligaments in his left ankle a little bit and it's going to be about four to six weeks.

"I think he will stay here for treatment."

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