Birmingham City travel to Europa League Group H leaders Club Bruges this evening, boosted by the return of key defender Curtis Davies.
Central defender Davies returns to the squad for the trip to Belguim after being ruled out of Blues’ last three matches with a knee injury suffered against Barnsley in September.
However, captain Stephen Carr will not feature tonight having picked an injury – again, a knee problem.
And with other players nursing knocks after Sunday’s excellent – but bruising – Championship win over Sven Goran Eriksson’s Leicester, manager Chris Hughton is likely to make other changes to his starting XI.
The Belgian side have no new injury worries from the team that beat AA Gent 2-0 at the weekend. However, manager Adrie Koster is still without long-term absentees Matej Vydra, Fredrik Stenman, Maxime Lestienne and Vladan Kujovic.
Bruges are on a remarkable run at home, having not lost a Jan Breydelstadion clash for 19 games – a run stretching back to the new year.
But Birmingham are in good form on their travels, with two victories in their last two away games. Prior to that, they had not recorded an away victory since February 5th.
Bruges have won both their opening group games and sit top of group H, with Blues in third having won one and lost one so far.
The Belgians’ excellent start is in stark contrast to last season’s Europe campaign, when they failed to win a single game in the Europa League group stage – finishing bottom having scored just four goals in six games.
The action gets underway at 18:00 BST and it will be a good test of Birmingham’s credentials, with Bruges a team high on confidence.
If Blues want to progress in this competition, they will need to end Bruges excellent start to the tournament and emerge a point or better this evening.