Birmingham striker Clayton Donaldson on getting injured on international duty

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The 31-year-old has not played for the Blues for over a month due to a groin injury.

Birmingham City striker Clayton Donaldson has rejected claims that he should have reconsidered whether to play for Jamaica last month, after returning to St Andrew's with a groin injury, the Birmingham Mail reports.

The 31-year-old was called up for the country's recent World Cup qualifiers against Panama and Haiti, and while he got through the first game unscathed, the second game was much more eventful, as he scored the only goal but also sustained the knock. 

Although the game against Haiti was played on an artificial surface, Donaldson insisted that he and Birmingham boss Gary Rowett were not blaming the condition of the pitch for his absence.

"I have no regrets, even with the way it's worked out," he said.

"It was an unfortunate event, I collided with the keeper and fell awkwardly.

"When I came back I spoke to Gary [Rowett] and he said 'You could have done it anywhere, in training or a game for Blues'. It was just one of those things that happen in football," he added.

While Donaldson was philosophical about the incident, there is little question that the Blues have missed him terribly.

The club's top goalscorer has not played since the 5-2 victory over Fulham near the beginning of last month. Since then, Rowett's men have slumped to three successive defeats, and have only scored one goal, which has left them outside the Championship play-off places. 

The Mail report that the former Brentford man is targeting the Boxing Day clash with Sheffield Wednesday for his comeback, which means that the club will have to face the next three games - including a trip to second-placed Middlesbrough - without him. 

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