Arveladze’s Pre-Birmingham fitness update

Arveladze’s Pre-Birmingham fitness update

Shota Arveladze has confirmed Marcus Forss will be available for the trip to Birmingham City – but revealed Andy Cannon has picked up an injury in training.

The full extent of the midfielder’s injury is not yet known, although the Tigers will definitely be without Nathan Baxter, Lewie Coyle and Randell Williams for the visit to St Andrew’s.

The Georgian said: “Cannon today (Thursday) got injured during a session. He blocked the ball and twisted his ankle.

“We don’t know how serious it is but just two minutes before the whistle, he got a little bit of a knock. I hope everything is OK with him.

“The rest – Williams is injured, Nathan is still injured, Coyle is still injured.

“They’re the previous ones, the new one (Cannon) we get today. Hopefully it’s just a small twist.”

Mallik Wilks played 90 minutes and scored two goals for the Under-23s in Monday’s Professional Development League victory over Colchester United as he continues to build up his fitness.

Arveladze said: “It’s always good when players take these games very seriously, get these minutes, the yards, the kilometres, the sprints – which are needed because he was out for six or seven weeks.

“That’s always good to see someone showing themselves, scoring goals. It’s good for his confidence and it gives us confidence to use him in the next games.”

Asked whether he is fit enough to start on Saturday, Arveladze said: “Not 90 minutes but injured players are coming back to being more involved and give us good options on the offensive side.”

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