Blues chief's injury hope

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David Gold feels injuries will play a major role in determining whether Birmingham City remain in The Premiership.

Blues moved out of the relegation zone on goal difference on Wednesday following a 2-1 win at home to Blackburn Rovers.

But the victory came at a price as Jermaine Pennant picked up a groin injury and Emile Heskey hurt his ankle.

Both players are doubtful for Saturday's encounter with Everton and Birmingham chairman Gold hopes the squad stay fit for the closing three games.

"The crucial thing for us will be can we remain free of injuries and have no further injuries?" Gold told Sky Sports News.

"Last night Pennant went off before half time, Emile Heskey went off before the end of the match.

"Are those players going to be available for Everton? Is it possible Izzet can return, Dunn?

"I know it's not possible for Upson to return, but Gray was back last night and was superb after not having played for five, six, seven weeks.

"He came back and was instrumental in both goals.

"This bodes well for us and if we can stay free of injuries and have one or two of these quality, quality players back for the remaining three games, then we'll survive."