Lee Bowyer has confirmed Troy Deeney will be out for up to 4 weeks after sustaining a thigh injury at the end of the FA Cup loss to Plymouth.

This news is a major blow for Blues as Lee Bowyer’s side is already low on numbers.

It couldn’t have happened at a worse time as Blues face a very busy schedule as they face Preston on Saturday, Fulham on Tuesday, and then a vital run of games towards the end of the month against the current Championship bottom three.

Here’s what the Blues boss had to say about Troy’s injury in today’s press conference:

“Troy did something to his thigh at the end of the game on Saturday,” he explained.

“It was only when he came off that I was aware that there was a problem and apparently the last few seconds or something he felt something in his thigh and he’s going to be out for a little while. Around four weeks.”

There is however some positive news with Lukas Jutkiewicz coming back into the fray and Marc Roberts is likely to be in the traveling side on Saturday:

“Marc Roberts started training on Monday, so he has had a full week’s training which is good coming back from a hamstring injury – especially losing George for this game as well.

“Jukey did a little bit with the group on Tuesday and today is his first full training session, so that’s good.

“Troy is out now so we need Jukey to be OK. Then you have got Bela who has also started training fully today. He had a thigh strain.

“Gary Gardner is fine, he is really tough, he did have a swollen ankle, that’s why we took him off but that has settled down really well. He started training on Tuesday and he is going to be OK.”

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