Striker Clayton Donaldson, winger David Cotterill and full-back Jonathan Grounds are all back in contention for Boxing Day’s game against Sheffield Wednesday.
Blues fans will be relieved arguably the two best players are back in the squad after their lengthy injuries, that being Donaldson and Cotterill, who have both been out for 2 months. Defender Paul Robinson is also back from Injury.
Clayton Donaldson has scored 20 goals in 62 appearances for the club.
David Cotterill has scored 11 in 55 and has already racked up 3 assists so far this season.
However, Rowett admits he doesn’t want to risk throwing all four straight back into the team on Saturday – and that he is also mindful of disrupting his side by making too many changes:
“If you were to chuck all of them into the first game then the chances are you are going to have to be making probably three substitutions around the 60-70 minute mark,” Rowett said.
“The issue with that is you know you can’t play them in both of the games, so in some ways it makes for a little bit of juggling around.
“That’s going to be dependent on how we view these two games. “Often I view them in the cold light of day as we really perhaps need to rotate a little bit.
“But when you get the emotion of the game and performances sometimes it’s very hard to do that because if you lose the first game would rotating make your team weaker for the second one? “If you win the first game do you really want or need to change too much for the second one? It’s always a difficult one.
“I would love to have a little bit more of a foreign mentality, we are going to rotate, that’s it and that’s what we are doing. “But for me there’s always a little bit of a temptation to keep a little bit of similarity between the two teams.”
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Blues face Sheffield Wednesday on Boxing Day, MK Dons two days later and Brentford on January 2.
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