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Controversial Birmingham defender may return against Manchester City

A month ago, Arsenal’s season took a turn for the worse at St Andrews. Not only did they draw the match 2-2 after leading until the final minute of the game, it also marked the end of Eduardo’s season after an ugly challenge from Martin Taylor broke the Croatian’s leg. While the striker continues to hobble around on crutches, the Birmingham defender has now served his three-match ban, with the Daily Mirror reporting that he may return to the team to face Manchester City on Saturday.

“Martin is ready fitness-wise – he’s only played one reserve game but I’ve got to consider whether bringing him back strengthens the team.

“Will my team selection be affected by the fall-out of what happened against Arsenal? Of course it will. If I thought it was a problem I would have to consider it.

“If he was tentative at all, I would consider it but I don’t really see any signs of it. He was okay in the reserve game and maybe he needs another one for us to then make some other judgement.

“Martin is in contention, as are Queudrue and Schmitz. We have choices there and need to find the right formula.”

Indeed, it must be a worry for the Birmingham manager that Taylor might initially be reluctant to challenge an opposition player for fear of causing him injury. Let’s also hope that the player isn’t given too hard a time by opposing supporters, there have been many similar bad challenges this season and it would be wrong to make him a scapegoat simply because his foul resulted in a horrific injury.

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