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Alex McLeish says Barry Ferguson could have painkilling injection
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? Birmingham midfielder suffering from broken rib
? McLeish will let Ferguson make decision on injection

Alex McLeish, the Birmingham City manager, will allow the midfielder Barry Ferguson to decide whether to have an injection that could allow him to return to action quicker after suffering a broken rib.

Ferguson picked up the injury in a challenge with Arsenal’s Samir Nasri during the Carling Cup final. His influence was sorely missed during Saturday’s 3-1 home defeat by West Bromwich Albion, which pushed City back into the bottom three of the Premier League but McLeish will not put pressure on Ferguson to go under the needle.

“Barry has had this before when I was at Rangers in a Scottish Cup final,” said McLeish. “Perhaps it was easier then, but there can be things done to alleviate it, in terms of an injection. Barry, the doctor and I were discussing it on Saturday because he hates missing matches.

“Of course, he is a key component in our games just like Cesc Fábregas is a talisman to Arsenal and Wayne Rooney for Manchester United. We all have key players. But I’m not going to force the player into doing it. His welfare comes first and it must come from him if he makes the decision to have the jab.” © Guardian News & Media Limited 2011 | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds


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