Blues trio ruled out

LEE Bowyer, Ibrahima Sonko and Damien Delaney have all been ruled out of Saturday’s Championship visit of Doncaster.

Sonko and Bowyer both limped off in the first half of last weekend’s 4-1 defeat at Millwall with hamstring injuries, with manager Paul Jewell today confirming that neither will be fit for the weekend.

Bowyer is also carrying a back problem, while Sonko is suffering from tonsillitis.

Delaney had to come off during the 1-0 defeat to Crystal Palace the previous week, with a scan having revealed that he has suffered a stress fracture in his foot.

Five-goal midfielder Keith Andrews reported a tight groin at the start of the week but has returned to training and will almost certainly be passed fit.

Meanwhile, late fitness tests will be given to strike duo Daryl Murphy and Nathan Ellington.

Murphy came off after 18 minutes during Tuesday afternoon’s 2-1 reserve team defeat to Arsenal after feeling his hamstring tighten up – an injury he first sustained in the warm-up at West Ham.

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Ellington pulled his calf warming-up at half-time at The New Den last weekend.

Jewell will have left-back Aaron Cresswell available again following a one-match suspension.

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