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.

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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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Saturday, 20 September 2014
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QPR v Stoke  
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A Villa v Arsenal  
Burnley v Sunderland  
Newcastle v Hull City  
Swansea v Southampton  
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West Ham v Liverpool  
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Tottenham v West Brom  
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Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 4 9 12
2 A Villa 4 3 10
3 Swansea 4 3 9
4 Southampton 4 5 7
5 Man City 4 3 7
6 Tottenham 4 2 7
7 Arsenal 4 1 6
8 Liverpool 4 1 6
9 Man Utd 4 3 5
10 Hull City 4 0 5
11 Everton 4 -1 5
12 Leicester 4 -1 5
13 West Ham 4 -1 4
14 Stoke 4 -1 4
15 Sunderland 4 -1 3
16 QPR 4 -8 3
17 C Palace 4 -3 2
18 Burnley 4 -3 2
19 West Brom 4 -5 2
20 Newcastle 4 -6 2

Updated Tue, 16 Sep 2014

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