Birmingham City Injury News: Maghoma injury scans unveil return plans

Garry Monk has revealed Jacques Maghoma is targeting a return against Aston Villa after being forced off in Birmingham City’s win over Reading, per reports in the Birmingham Mail.

What’s the latest?

The DR Congo international featured for 44 minutes against Reading last month before being forced off just before the break.

It was the 31-year-old’s 13th start of the season, having featured in every Championship game up until the injury. In his 14 total appearances, the 5ft 9in midfielder contributed one goal and two assists while playing a key role for Monk’s side.

Initial reactions were that the injury was not too serious and he has so far missed just two outings, against Sheffield Wednesday and Derby County, that his side won 3-1 and lost 3-1 respectively.

Scans were carried out on Maghoma’s ankle, which Monk has informed the Birmingham Mail were “not bad news”, but “not good news either.”

He added: “We are probably looking at the second week in the international break – maybe coming back into training. The target is to be fit for the Aston Villa game.”

Who will sit out?

Should the 31-year-old be in line to return in the Second City derby, the likely candidate to make way would be Connor Mahoney.

The 21-year-old has filled in for his experienced teammate whilst he has been restricted to the physio room, and scored in Birmingham’s 3-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday.

If Monk feels a direct swap back around is best, the former Barnsley and Blackburn wide man would be missing out on an important learning curve.

Maghoma’s contribution despite starting all but one of the games he was available for do little to support an immediate return either, after Mahoney hit the ground running.

The younger option would also take match-fit legs into a crucial fixture and give something different than his teammate, joining Jota in occupying the flanks and cutting inside to feed balls to the club’s goal-getters Lukas Jutkiewicz and Che Adams.