Blues squad stretched for cup tie

Birmingham have a host of injuries and will have to play a number of first-team players in Tuesday's Carling Cup third-round tie at Sunderland.

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Larsson: Added to injury list

Larsson: Added to injury list

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Wide man Sebastian Larsson (hamstring) is a recent addition to the injury list, while full-back Stephen Carr has suffered a recurrence of his thigh problem.

James McFadden (thigh), Cameron Jerome (ankle), Franck Queudrue, Gregory Vignal, Marcus Bent (all hamstring), Martin Taylor (ankle), Lee Carsley (back), Damien Johnson (strain) and David Murphy (knee) all remain unavailable.

Liam Ridgewell is expected to return at left-back having made a quick recovery from a broken leg, while there may be a debut for Giovanny Espinoza.

Blues (from): Hart, Taylor, Doyle, Parnaby, Johnson, Ridgewell, Dann, Espinoza, Fahey, Ferguson, Bowyer, Tainio, O'Connor, Phillips, Benitez, McSheffrey, O'Shea, Sammons, Preston.

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