Premier League - Pain-killing injection for Ferguson

Wed, 09 Mar 11:12:00 2011

Birmingham are set to gamble on influential midfielder Barry Ferguson playing with a broken rib in their bid to secure Premier League survival.

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Ferguson suffered the injury in a challenge with Arsenal's Samir Nasri during his side's shock Carling Cup final triumph 10 days ago.

He missed Saturday's 3-1 home defeat to West Brom and will also be absent from tonight's clash with Everton at Goodison Park.

But Ferguson has agreed to undergo a painkilling injection later in the week in a bid to be fit enough to rejoin his team's battle to stay up.

Blues boss Alex McLeish said: "If we were in mid-table, like at this stage last season, we would definitely not play Barry.

"But he wants to play. He said he can't sit about, he just wants to play. He has volunteered to take the injection. I think it will happen later in the week to allow things to settle down."

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