Gary Rowett hints at changes after Birmingham City handed double injury boost before Rotherham

Marc Roberts could return against Rotherham United to beef up Birmingham City’s back-line.

Centre-back Roberts has trained this week after a month out with another calf injury and could be drafted in by Gary Rowett to cope with Rotherham’s long balls. The already relegated Millers have averaged the least possession in the Championship this season - but they rank third for aerial balls won.

On-loan Werder Bremen winger Oliver Burke - who Rowett signed twice previously for Millwall - has also returned to training following muscle problems. Veteran striker Lukas Jutkiewicz remains out with a knee injury.

Rowett said: “Marc Roberts and Oli Burke have trained all week. (Alex) Pritchard has as well. Jukey is just a little bit behind that so we’re going to have to make good decisions.”

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The temptation will be to play the same team that dismantled Coventry City last weekend but Rowett has some niggles to contend with. The interim Blues boss could just be toying with new Rotherham boss Steve Evans but he has hinted at changes.

He added: “We have one or two players that have picked up knocks in training so we will have to be mindful of those situations. In an ideal world you want to go out and pick exactly the same team but sometimes that’s not what you get during the week. You have to sometimes tweak and make decisions that are either enforced or what you think the game requires.”

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