Gary Rowett faces a selection dilemma over whether to recall Michael Morrison to the starting line-up
Birmingham City fans were buoyed by the news today confirmed by the club's official website that defender Michael Morrison has now returned to full fitness and is contention for a return to the matchday squad for Saturday's visit to Cardiff.
Morrison has been out injured for six weeks following a knock picked up in the game against Sheffield Wednesday in January.
In the meantime the Blues have utilised Jonathan Spector and Rob Kiernan as their central defensive partnership in the last few weeks. With the former Charlton man now fit, Rowett faces a selection dilemma. Here are three reasons why he shouldn't make the change.
1) Kiernan and Spector have done fairly well together
A successful central defence is normally built on a solid partnership - something that only comes together over a period of time. While there have been moments when both Kiernan and Spector have looked a little ropey in the main they have played well and deserve to keep the shirt. Morrison has played with neither player before and his introduction would disrupt the consistency that has been built up at the back.
2) Morrison hasn't had any match practice with the reserves
While Morrison has been undoubtedly one of the most solidly consistent Blues players when he has been in the team, he has been out of the fray for a fairly decent spell and it wouldn't be beyond the realms of probability that he is a little bit rusty. Blues have a couple of reserve fixtures upcoming and those could be utilised to give him some match time so that when he is called back into the fray he's firing on all cylinders immediately.
3) The match is a dead rubber anyway
With Blues virtually assured of safety from relegation and promotion being almost mathematically beyond them, there is very little to play for now. It would make more sense to use the game to take another look at Spector and Kiernan - both of whom have contracts that elapse at the end of the season and use the gametime to see if they should have a future with the club. Equally, Morrison will be an important player next season and there is no point rushing him back into the team when the time can be used to make sure he's fully fit with the reserves and not in danger of relapsing.