Birmingham City striker Clayton Donaldson hopes to get back to his best after injury-hit spell

The 31-year-old is the Blues' joint top goalscorer in the Championship this term.

Birmingham City striker Clayton Donaldson is hoping that he will soon be back to his best after injuries restricted his game-time over the Christmas period and into the new year, the Birmingham Mail reports.

The 31-year-old sustained a groin injury on international duty with Jamaica in November which kept him out of Gary Rowett's side until their Boxing Day fixture with Sheffield Wednesday, and after appearing to be back on track, he picked up a hip injury during the clash with Brentford earlier this month (via Mail). 

Donaldson explained how irritating these last few weeks have been, but insisted that he is nearing full sharpness. 

"It's been stop start for me since I came back from Jamaica with the injury," he told the Mail.

"I've got the hip injury against Brentford as well which kind of knocked me back a little bit and I've still not fully recovered from that.

"It's frustrating for me because I want to be firing on all cylinders, causing problems and doing well for the team.

"But another 90 minutes under my belt can't do me any harm, I'm getting better game by game."

While the Blues remain in play-off contention - they currently sit two points off the top six - their form since Donaldson collected the injury with Jamaica has certainly dipped. They have played 12 games in all competitions since, and have won just four. 

Donaldson has featured in five of those clashes, and while he has perhaps not returned to full fitness, he has still helped the club to three of the four wins that they have collected in that period. 

The former Hibernian forward is the side's joint top goalscorer in the Championship this season with five goals, and he has backed that up with six assists, so Rowett will be desperate for Donaldson to stay fit to ensure that the Blues remain in play-off contention.

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