Hughton wants Zigic in frame

Blues boss wants striker fit and available

Zigic: Has overcome chronic groin and hip problems

Birmingham boss Chris Hughton is eager for Nikola Zigic to make an impact at St Andrews after finally overcoming chronic groin and hip problems.

The Blues striker has not started a game since the Carling Cup final triumph over Arsenal at Wembley back in February and after undergoing surgery in the summer the Serb has stepped up his rehabilitation in past few weeks.

Now Hughton is hoping the player will be more involved for the Championship club and expects 'some real work' in the near future.

He told the Birmingham Mail: "Yes, he can be a danger in the Championship. I think he's been a big miss.

Important

"He's a player who was brought in at a particular value and when you bring in a player like him, you want him available.

"Particularly in the position he plays, it's such an important position.

"He's trained for a decent period now and he's been involved in training games.

"He is a good player on the floor, but he will have a physical presence as well and can bring others into the game.

"You are always going to miss players of that quality.

"I haven't had the chance to work with him a lot, because he missed that period in pre-season, but he was brought in for a reason and there's no doubt he's a quality player.

"If I look at the level he's used to, an international, that tells you.

"We're very much looking forward to getting down to some real work with him and, of course, including him in games."