Birmingham boss hints Jon Toral and Maikel Kieftenbeld could be out for the rest of the season

The pair have both sustained injuries that Gary Rowett suggested may keep them out of the final three games.

Birmingham City could be about to suffer a double injury blow as Gary Rowett has hinted that both Jon Toral and Maikel Kieftenbeld may have played their last games for the club this season, according to the Birmingham Mail.

The latter of the pair left the pitch during the Blues' Championship clash with Preston on Tuesday with swelling around his eye after an aerial challenge from Lilywhites forward Joe Garner, and the Mail suggested that the Dutchman may have had his eye socket fractured in the incident.

And while Toral did not feature against Simon Grayson's men due to suspension, Rowett confirmed that the playmaker sustained a hamstring injury in training so the side may have to do without the pair for the remaining three games.

"We have been a bit unfortunate, Jon Toral was suspended but pulled his hamstring in training yesterday so there's a possibility that might be his season done, we will have to look at that," he told the Mail.

"And Maikel too, if it is broken that will be his season, if not it will be how quickly he can gain full vision out of that eye."

While the 2-2 draw meant that the club's very slim play-off hopes were officially ended, Rowett would have been hoping to have had the two men available for the final weeks of the campaign in an attempt to build some momentum ahead of another potential push next year.

Although Kieftenbeld is set to be around next season, Rowett's suggestion that Toral may be out for the rest of the campaign means that the talented Spaniard may well have played his last game for the club with his loan from Arsenal expiring at the end of the season. 

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