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Benitez Set For Aston Villa Start

Birmingham boss Alex McLeish looks set to give new boy Christian Benitez his first start for the club in Sunday`s derby with Aston Villa at St Andrew's.

Benitez has impressed as a substitute during the opening couple of games of the season and has gradually been working his way up to full fitness after undergoing shoulder surgery at the beginning of the summer.

And McLeish is intimating he will promote him to the first XI for the clash with Martin O'Neill's side.

The Blues boss said: 'I've felt in recent weeks that Christian was more effective as an impact player.

'But that may change in a week's time (against Villa). If I can't play him at home, then I will never play him.

'I am pleased with his introduction so far and we have worked hard on his fitness.

'When he came here, he was behind the rest - along with Giovanny Espinoza - in fitness terms.

'Christian is at a good level now and looking dangerous and I think he is going to be a great acquisition to the club.'

McLeish will check on Benitez's physical condition when he comes back from international duty.

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Date:Monday September 7 2009

Time: 1:36PM

Your Comments

oh he looks scary! A blue eyes monster!! wooooo..... Dunne and Cuelleur are going to be really bothered by him!! Especially when he's come from a joke league for a joke price tag to a joke club and is coming back from a joke journey on international duty on Friday!! wooooo!
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Whooooooooooooooooooooooooooo?
Longman
I seem to remember someone called milan baros? Far more jokers have pulled on your shirt you fool
ChrisHandy
I'm looking forward to this game. I think Blues are improving and will stay up this season. McCleish is a good manager and if he continues to get support BCFC can build from there. I believe, (hope), that we'll be too strong for you on Sunday but in a derby anything can happen. The key factor may be belief - does your team have the belief you can win; I think not. Panchovilla
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