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Birmingham’s David Stockdale facing a long way back

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Whilst the Blues were in the final preparations for their game against Luton Town last weekend, the club released the team sheet an hour before kick-off, as is now traditional on social media.

There was one name missing from the matchday eighteen, although given that he was predominantly a substitute this season, fans might be forgiven for not noticing that he was absent at all.

David Stockdale found himself out of the squad, with his place as the backup to Lee Camp given to U23 regular Connal Trueman.

During early September, Stockdale spoke about how hard he was trying to fight and get his place back in the starting eleven at Birmingham, and there were a number of fans who were incredibly supportive of him in his cause to make that breakthrough.

However, it looks as if those efforts have fallen short, and with no news coming out regarding an injury, it’s safe to assume that he has been dropped because of his displays in training rather than for practical reasons.

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With David Stockdale’s contract up this summer (via Transfermarkt), it looks as if the 34-year-old may have played his last game for the club.

So if he isn’t going to be utilised, it only makes sense for the Blues to start making plans for him to be shipped out in January.

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He currently holds a value of £450k (according to Transfermarkt), and although that might not be the biggest haul in terms of cash, it would still give them a little bit of leeway when it comes to making a push for another player in the window – that’s if any fee could be commanded given how short his remaining deal is.

It might also make sense to just let the 6 foot 3 stopper see out his contract on loan, and use the money freed up from his wages to bring someone in on loan.

Either way, if Stockdale isn’t going to offer anything to the squad, better to bring in something for him than let him leave for free.

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