Bruce in Pennant hope
By Simon Fudge. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Birmingham City manager Steve Bruce is hoping winger Jermaine Pennant overcomes a groin injury to face Everton on Saturday.
Blues are out of the relegation places on goal difference after a vital 2-1 win over Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday evening.
The victory came at a cost, however, as Pennant picked up a groin problem, while striker Emile Heskey has an ankle problem.
Bruce told Sky Sports News of his hope to have the former Arsenal man for the crucial season run-in.
"He's the only ever-present we've had all season," Bruce said of Pennant.
"Unfortunately, he hurt his groin in the first couple of minutes the other night.
"We hope it's not too serious and that he does heal quickly and we'll give him every opportunity (to be ready for Saturday).
"That goes for Emile as well. I'd say both of them have a 50/50 chance."
Bruce reiterated his desire to avoid the drop, stating his enjoyment at managing in the top flight.
"We don't want to go in to that Championship, that's for sure," Bruce said. "We want to stay here.
"I want to manage here, it's the only place to be and the players think exactly the same thing.
"It took this club the best part of 17 years to get in the top flight again. We don't want to lose it without a fight, that's for sure."