Gary Rowett admits Birmingham may be without Diego Fabbrini for Fulham clash due to long-standing toe injury

The playmaker has been influential for the Championship side but may be rested for their games after the international break.

Gary Rowett has suggested that Diego Fabbrini may be left out of Birmingham's clash with Fulham this Saturday to allow him to properly recover from a long-standing toe injury, the Birmingham Mail reports.

The Blues boss explained that the 25-year-old has been struggling with the problem since before he arrived at St Andrew's in the January transfer window, but claimed that after the injury flared up in training, he is contemplating the possibility of leaving him out against the Cottagers.

"He's been struggling because he had a bruised toe when he first came to the club but it wasn't sufficient enough not to sign him, of course and he was okay to play," he told the Mail.

"He's just been managing that pain and he's had to cut a big hole out of his boot so it alleviates the pressure and he's been training and playing like that.

"But we just came to the point where he got a whack in the game before Wolves and he got a whack in training Monday.

"We're at a point now where we either inject and try and get him through the next game or we leave him and try and make sure he's ready when we come back off the international break, so we'll make that decision this morning."

If the one-time Italy international does miss the game against Slavisa Jokanovic's side, it will be a big blow to their hopes of bagging a win and consolidating their position in the promotion race.

Currently, the Blues are four points adrift of the top six, but have a game in hand over all of their rivals for a play-off spot so will be looking to go into the international break within touching distance of the teams above them. And their chances of doing that would undoubtedly be dented if Fabbrini did not feature. 

While the former Watford man has failed to score and has registered just one assist since joining his current team, his ability on the ball has given opponents several headaches, and has often allowed for gaps to be created for his teammates to exploit. 

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