Date: 12th November 2007 at 9:59am
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Harry Redknapp told sky sports after our goalless draw with Man City that Nigerian duo Kanu and John Utaka will not be reporting for international duty this week: ‘Kanu’s injured again. He won’t be reporting to Nigeria for their internationals, because of a hamstring problem and neither will John Utaka who has a groin injury’.

At first I was a little sceptical about Utaka’s injury, as it seemed a little ‘convenient’ and was led to believe it was merely tactical, but if Redknapp says there is a problem, there is…

In all honesty this is a good thing for us isn’t it as it means he will not have to fly off around the world and should be fit for Birmingham in a couple of weeks – if he even starts, which maybe he should not, as he has not been that good overall in recent weeks has he, so as much as we did pay a lot of money for him this should not cement a place in the team? Maybe the Matty Taylor and Niko Kranjcar wing options could be looked at again?

Kanu did not look good right away. He did play well whilst he was on the park, but he did not look anywhere near fit throughout really so my thinking is this will set him back further still and although he might be fit for our next game I would not put money on it.

Kanu’s injury however did open the door to Dave Nugent, who I feel came on and played very well, looking very hungry too and was desperately unlucky not to score.

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