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Team News: Zigic on bench for Birmingham

Team News: Zigic on bench for Birmingham
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Nikola Zigic starts on the bench for Birmingham as they take on NK Maribor in the Europa League clash.

Nikola Zigic misses out on his first start to the season under Chris Hughton as Birmingham City take on NK Maribor at the Ljudski vrt Stadium in the Europa League Group H fixture.

Blues youngsters Luke Hubbins and Akwasi Asante have not been included in the side while Pablo Ibanez comes in to replace Jonathan Spector.

The Championship side are without Curtis Davies through a leg injury, while Stephen Carr misses out while recovering from a knee problem.

Meanwhile, the Blues' opponents are resigned to losing Alexander Rajcevic through suspension, while Dejan Mezga starts despite a fitness doubt.

Birmingham starting XI: Doyle; Spector, Ibanez, Caldwell, Ridgewell (C); Burke, Gomis, Fahey, Beausejour; Elliott; King.

NK Maribor starting XI: Handanovic; Potokar, Arghus, Milec, Mezga; Cvijanovic, Viler, Lesjak, Mertelj; Tavares, Volas

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