Birmingham boss Gary Rowett considering changes for Burton trip

Birmingham’s David Cotterill (C) and Burnley’s Stephen Ward in action

All the team news ahead of Blues first ever trip to the Pirelli Stadium.

Birmingham City manager Gary RowettBirmingham City manager Gary Rowett

Quoted by the club's official website, Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett has admitted he is weighing up changing his starting XI for Friday evening's clash with Burton despite seeing his side beat Rotherham in midweek.

The 42-year-old is gearing up for his first return to the Pirelli Stadium since leaving the Brewers two years ago this month, and has gained plaudits for his work at St Andrew's since his arrival - Blues are now looking upwards rather than over their shoulders in the Championship table.

He used his pre-match press conference to stress that the strength in depth of his squad was a key part of his side's success, revealing that several fringe players were pushing hard for starts.

Birmingham City's manager Gary Rowett celebrates with Tomasz Kuszczak after the gameBirmingham City's manager Gary Rowett celebrates with Tomasz Kuszczak after the game

"If you look at the group that we've got ready for a chance there are some really top players in there," he said.

"Tomasz [Kuszczak] is desperate for his opportunity again, as are the likes of Rhoys [Wiggins], and Robbo [Paul Robinson] who came in against Forest and who I thought did quite well at centre-half."

A key decision for Rowett regards who will start on the wing. Jacques Maghoma - who like Rowett is returning to his former employers on Friday evening - and David Cotterill both scored in Tuesday's win over Rotherham, but Greg Stewart has also impressed in his cameos this season after arriving from Dundee in the summer.

Birmingham's David Cotterill in action with Reading's Jordan ObitaBirmingham's David Cotterill in action with Reading's Jordan Obita

"He [Stewart] was playing fantastically up in Scotland and he's come down and there will be a time and a place for him to get opportunities. Whether that's against Burton or not remains to be seen," Rowett said.

Blues make the trip to the East Midlands without Robert Tesche due to an ankle injury, while the versatile Paul Caddis also misses out because of a shoulder problem.

Birmingham’s David Davis in action with Blackburn’s Ben MarshallBirmingham’s David Davis in action with Blackburn’s Ben Marshall

Central midfielder David Davis is back in contention having sat out the Rotherham fixture due to suspension, and the 25-year-old will battle it out with Stephen Gleeson and Michael Kieftenbeld for a starting berth in the centre of the park.

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