Strong Under-23s team take to St. Andrew's

Kerim Mrabti, who is set to be in action for Blues Under-23s
Kerim Mrabti, who is set to be in action for Blues Under-23s

The game will kick-off at 1pm. Admission is free for Season Ticket Holders and Loyalty Members.


Blues Under-23s will select from a strong squad for Saturday's game against Crewe Alexandra in the PDL North.

The fixture is at the St. Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium, with the kick-off time moved back to a little later, at 1pm (it was originally scheduled for 11am).

Several players with First Team experience and involvement will take part for Richard Beale's side.

Kerim Mrabti will continue to build up his fitness and sharpness levels. He is expected to start.

David Davis, who made his return to senior action as a substitute against Bolton Wanderers after recovering from a fractured ankle, is set to get more minutes under his belt.

And Isaac Vassell, too, is likely to be involved.

Connal Trueman, Josh Dacres-Cogley, Beryly Lubala and Connor Mahoney, who have been unused substitutes for the First Team of late, are also in the squad.

Remeao Hutton is in line to make his third appearance for the Under-23s as he continues his comeback from injury.

Blues will be without Kyle McFarlane, however, due to a knee injury.

The fixture is a key one for the Under-23s.

They lost a little ground on leaders Leeds United in the past two weeks, after the Whites scored an equaliser in the sixth minute of added-time in their meeting at the Trillion Trophy Training Centre, Wast Hills.

Leeds are currently six points ahead of third placed Blues, who have a game in hand.

Burnley, who are in second, are away at Hull City on Friday night and could move to within a point of Leeds with a victory.

Blues (from): Trueman, Jeacock, Hutton, O'Keeffe, Dacres-Cogley, Bajrami, Redmond, Boyd-Munce, Davis, Mahoney, Mrabti, Andrews, Lubala, Vassell, McCoy, Bailey.

* Blues Under-23s Premier League Cup fixture at home to Colchester United Under-23s will now be played at Nuneaton Town on Friday, 22 February (12 noon).

This final group fixture has been switched from Solihull Moors to Liberty Way, base of the National League North side.