Keith Fahey ruled out for rest of the season

Keith Fahey
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Birmingham City midfielder Keith Fahey is ruled out for the rest of the season after a recurrence of a hip injury.

Birmingham City midfielder Keith Fahey has been ruled out for the remainder of the season after suffering a recurrence of a hip complaint.

The 30-year-old Republic of Ireland international recently returned to the Blues squad following compassionate leave.

Fahey had to be substituted during Birmingham's 4-0 victory over Crystal Palace last week and manager Lee Clark has admitted that the injury is a setback.

"It's an absolute nightmare," Clark told Birmingham's official website. "We got really concerned as he had a lot of bleeding in his groin area which came out in a bruise.

"When we had it scanned, the hip area was the problem so he is certainly out for the six games. Keith Fahey has shown in the last two away games what an outstanding midfield player he is.

"It was no coincidence that we put in two tremendous appearances away from home. We weren't conceding and we were playing good football with him in the team."

Birmingham host Millwall in the Championship on Saturday afternoon.

Birmingham manager Lee Clark applauds the travelling fans after his side's win against Peterborough on February 23, 2013
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