Blues sweating over defensive pair

Birmingham are hopeful Roger Johnson and Liam Ridgewell will be fit for the home Premier League clash with leaders Chelsea on Boxing Day.

Last Updated: 24/12/09 at 09:28

Johnson: Knee injury

Johnson: Knee injury

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Centre-back and lifelong Chelsea fan Johnson and left-back Ridgewell suffered knee and ankle knocks respectively during the 1-1 draw with Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday.

Johnson has been ever present in City's 18 league games since his £5million move from Cardiff during the summer while Ridgewell has impressed since being converted from a central defender into his current role.

If the duo recover, Birmingham are expected to be unchanged for the seventh successive game.

Kick-off at St Andrew's is 12.45pm.

Blues (from): Hart, Carr, Roger Johnson, Dann, Ridgewell, Larsson, Ferguson, Bowyer, McFadden, Jerome, Benitez, Maik Taylor, Fahey, Vignal, Carsley, Phillips, McSheffrey, Damien Johnson, Queudrue, Parnaby.

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