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BIRMINGHAM CITY and the Cayman Islands have agreed a compromise over the services of Blues` captain Martin O`Connor.

The 32-year-old midfielder was born in Walsall but qualifies for the Caribbean side through his parents, thus he has been drafted into the squad for their World Cup campaign.

O`Connor (pictured) is due to link up with his new team mates for a friendly this week before two World Cup qualifiers, both against Cuba, later in the month.

This would have meant the powerhouse missing four vital league games. However, following negotiations between the St Andrews club and Cayman FA officials, O`Connor will fly back to Birmingham between the two qualifiers thus making him available for matches against Portsmouth and Tranmere, but he will still miss the fixtures against West Brom and Barnsley.

Blues manager Trevor Francis commented on the new development, saying: "I am still not entirely happy about the situation but I suppose having him for two games is better than none."

In other news, it has been confirmed that Blues midfielder Bryan Hughes broke a toe in his side`s 4-1 victory over Swindon on Saturday.

However, with the club being so short on midfield options, it is likely that the 23-year-old will play with the aid of a painkilling injection.

Alex Livie