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Lukas Jutkiewicz is racing against the clock to play in Birmingham City’s Championship-clinching matches.

The experienced striker has been sidelined since the middle of March with a knee injury and has not appeared in any of Gary Rowett’s six games in command. When Rowett took over, he believed Jutkiewicz could be ready for the Blues’ final two games, in the best-case scenario. Jutkiewicz was unable to return to training last week, along with Marc Roberts and Oliver Burke, who came in from the cold to start for Rotherham.

During his inaugural news conference, Rowett stated, “I know Jukey very well, and he is clearly someone who can help us around the group. The first thing he said to me was, ‘If I’m not available, I want to travel with the team. It reveals a lot about him. Jukey is always the go-to person to get you out of trouble.

“We are hoping that he will recover. You’ll see him hobbling, but he’ll still want to play. I’m hopeful he can play some of the season, but I don’t want to put too much pressure on him given the injuries he suffered.”

Rowett will meet with the media on Thursday afternoon, and Jutkiewicz’s availability will be one of the subjects discussed. Apart from Jutkiewicz, Alfie Chang is the only confirmed absence for Blues ahead of their relegation clash with Huddersfield Town this Saturday.

Blues head to Huddersfield knowing a win is essential. Both teams are currently in the relegation zone, and Huddersfield may be relegated if they fail to win. Here’s the latest Blues injury update…

Lukas Jutkiewicz

Injury: Knee

Jutkiewicz collapsed in the dying moments of Chelsea’s defeat to Watford before the international break. The striker landed awkwardly after competing for an aerial ball and had to be replaced. He has been travelling to games to encourage his teammates and expects to play again this season.

Alfie Chang

Injury: Knee

Chang suffered a major ACL injury during a training session in August and is anticipated to miss the rest of the season. The 21-year-old, who has since signed a new three-year contract, has been training with Blues physios in the gym and has begun cycling to boost his fitness.

 

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