Hull City v Birmingham City Championship injury news as four ruled out and two doubtful

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Latest injury and team news ahead of Hull City versus Birmingham City in the Sky Bet Championship clash at the MKM Stadium.

Birmingham City travel to the MKM Stadium for the second time this year as they face Hull City in the Sky Bet Championship on Tuesday (March 5) night.

Blues hope to pick themselves up after conceding a stoppage time goal to Southampton, resulting in a 4-3 defeat at St Andrew's. Birmingham are without a win since Mark Venus had to take the reins up from Tony Mowbray who is being afforded a period of absence.

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Tuesday's opponents Hull drew 0-0 with Preston North End and held on to their play-off place in the process. A whole 18 points and 14 places separate the two teams ahead of kick-off. Here's the latest injury and team news ahead of kick-off.

Birmingham City team news

Interim boss Mark Venus revealed at the weekend that Krystian Bielik and Marc Roberts are nursing injury. Bielik didn't play against Ipswich Town but was expected to return at the weekend, but now he is set for a spell on the sidelines. He has a torn stomach muscle, and is expected to be out for 'weeks' and with the games coming thick and fast, that could put him out until after the international break.

Fellow centre-back Marc Roberts was missing from the squad on Saturday having played against Ipswich and it has emerged that he has a tight calf. Venus did admit it would be 'days' rather than weeks for Roberts, and so he's likely to be a doubt for Hull, but could return this weekend against Millwall.

Alfie Chang is the only other player that Birmingham are to do without. He suffered a season-ending injury at the start of the campaign when John Eustace was in charge and now two managers down the line, he is working towards a recovery after signing a new deal. George Hall returned against Southampton at the weekend having spent the last six months out with hamstring problems.

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Dion Sanderson was red carded in the defeat to Southampton and that at the moment will force him to miss out. Birmingham are expected to appeal the decision as they assess their own video evidence.

Out: Alfie Chang, Dion Sanderson and Krystian Bielik, Doubt: Marc Roberts.

Hull City team news

Republic of Ireland striker Aaron Connolly is a doubt for Hull. He picked up a dead leg in the draw against West Brom in February, and didn't play in the goalless draw against Preston North End on Saturday.

Connolly has been unable to get any momentum in recent months, and last started a game in the FA Cup clash with Birmingham at the start of January. He's played just 107 minutes of league football this year and was an unused substitute in three consecutive Championship games.

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"The frustrating thing for me with Aaron was the dead leg because we arranged the game on Tuesday to sharpen up the bench players to sharpen up the players who haven't had many minutes on the pitch," Rosenior said to Hull Live.

"I need all the players of the squad to be ready to come in and press and play at the level that that we expect now at the sharp end of the season, so Aaron missed that game and he needs to catch up on his fitness.

"For me, he needs to get sharper. It's not his fault in terms of the way he's training. He just hasn't had a run of games at all. If you're not fit and we've got a fully fit squad, you need to get fit, and that's just the way it is. We'll see, he's working really hard and we'll make that decision on Monday (if Connolly will feature on Tuesday)."

Fellow striker Liam Delap is ruled out with a knee injury that he sustained in January. The on-loan Manchester City striker is expected to be out for three months and has gone on a warm weather training camp in Spain to get himself up to speed.

Out: Liam Delap. Doubt: Aaron Connolly

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