Bruce ready to unleash Dugarry

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Birmingham boss Steve Bruce claims he is ready to launch a 'new' player on The Premiership, with Christophe Dugarry having finally shrugged off his knee troubles.

The Frenchman has been a shadow of the player who graced the English top-flight last term, with a debilitating knee injury causing real concern at St Andrews.

However, following a period of inactivity, Dugarry is ready to put two months of torment behind him and revive Blues' challenge for a European place - much to Bruce's delight.

"After what Dugarry has been doing in training, I would have put him in the side that played Newcastle last week if he was not suspended," said Bruce ahead of Sunday's trip to Manchester City. "He has been doing things that take your breath away.

"For the first time he is getting no pain from his knee and he looks reborn, free of all his worries and doubts."

Dugarry's return to fitness could see Clinton Morrison drop to the bench, and the striker is worried his place could be in jeopardy.

"It's always a worry when someone like Christophe becomes available again and you are in his position," said Morrison. "It's at the back of my mind that I might be left out again."