Pep Clotet reveals the concern of the Birmingham City, while West Bromwich is in the offing

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Pep Clotet admits he is concerned by the lack of depth of his team, Birmingham City. The Blues resume their campaign in the championship at West Brom on Saturday afternoon – their first game for over three months.

They will be without players such as Jacques Maghoma, Kerim Mrabti and Jefferson Montero, who left the club at the end of their contract.

This has left the Blues with about 16 players seniors – two of whom are doubts for the trip to the Hawthorns – and should-align roughly a half-dozen young people on their bench.

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The club championship are now permitted to make five substitutions from a cord of nine – but only have three opportunities to do so in the course of a match – thus creating opportunities for the hopes of the less than 23 years.

When he was asked if he was concerned about the depth, Clotet replied: “Yes. The three players that we lost, Kerim, Maghoma and Montero were all wingers, which we are now in a position where we do not have many options.

“But I still think if we have the chance to avoid the injuries, we still have a team that is very comfortable to play game against game.

“This is not the best but I am convinced that we can be competitive and the fact that we don’t have a great team with a lot of depth, I am convinced that we have done a lot of work throughout the season to cope with the situation.

“I am very satisfied with the physical condition of the team. I’ve spoken to people from the Bundesliga, as well as some of my former Spanish colleagues, and I am convinced that the physical condition of players at the end of this period could in fact be better than everyone think.

“We need to see which clubs have done their homework during this time and which clubs have not done.

“But I am convinced that we have done our homework and that we should be in for a good time physically. I’m less worried than I would be after a pre-season where there is more risk of injury. ”

Striker Jayden Reid will probably be called for the first time just as the defender rookie Nico Gordon and midfielder Ryan Stirk, while Caolan Boyd-Munce is certain to be involved in the team of the match day.



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