McLeish - No Bentley action

Winger has escaped formal punishment after leaving St Andrews

Bentley: Has escaped formal punishment after leaving St Andrews before the Wolves clash

Bentley: Has escaped formal punishment after leaving St Andrews before the Wolves clash

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Alex McLeish has confirmed Birmingham will take no action against on-loan winger David Bentley after he left before the Wolves game.

The winger breached a club rule when driving off before the 1-1 draw on Sunday after being left out of McLeish's squad for the derby clash.

McLeish has since spoken to the Spurs player - who has escaped punishment - and the Blues boss now wants to draw a line under the matter.

He said: "I spoke to him and told him he broke a club rule. I understood his disappointment.

"He broke a club rule, he didn't realise the rule, so we won't be taking any action against David.

"We do say to players it would be nice to stay and support your team-mates.

Feelgood factor

"I realise they don't want to hoover up any good atmosphere or feelgood factor the players may have before a game and they don't want to mope around the dressing room.

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"But we do encourage them to see the games and they have to stay around in case there is an injury in the warm-up."

McLeish insisted Bentley will be considered for the two remaining games he is eligible to play in this season, including Saturday's clash at Newcastle.

The Birmingham boss said: "Everything is fine. There is no falling out with David. He didn't storm off as people said.

"It is a hyped up expression in the media. He calmly got into his car and went home.

"He is available for the other two games. He can't play against Tottenham but is available for the other two games."

Big miss

Meanwhile, McLeish admits Craig Gardner will be a big miss for the next two games after he was sent off against Wolves.

"He is (a big miss). That's a couple of sendings-off this season, so in total we've missed Craig in five games where he's been suspended," said McLeish, who believed Gardner was a bit unlucky to receive his marching orders but the club accepted it.

"I felt that the first booking when the two players pushed each other on the chest was a little bit handbags at dawn and could have been (handled differently).

"It's a passionate game, it's a passionate derby, (the ref could have said) 'you two get on with it, carry on' but it is, they say, a bookable offence so we have no complaints."

As regards sanctions for Gardner, McLeish added: "We have got house rules, yes, which are private and not for public discussion but there are club policies and rules and fines in place so Craig and the rest of the guys know the rules."