Birmingham duo James McFadden and Liam Ridgewell have backed Martin Taylor to put behind him the trauma of unintentionally breaking the leg of Arsenal striker Eduardo da Silva.
A distraught Taylor went to visit the Croatian international in a Birmingham hospital on Sunday before the player was transferred to a London hospital.
Taylor, who was red-carded by referee Mike Dean, was described as being "distraught" in the aftermath of the 2-2 draw at St Andrews as the extent of Eduardo's injury became clear.
McFadden, who scored both of City's goals against Arsenal, is confident Taylor will eventually be able to put the incident behind him.
"Martin is not the type of player to go and deliberately injure someone. He doesn't have a history of being malicious," said McFadden.
Gentle giant"Martin is a gentle giant and to suggest otherwise is ridiculous. Martin has to live with the fact he has broken someone's leg unintentionally.
"Martin is cut up but he is a professional and he will bounce back."
Taylor's centre-back partner Ridgewell says the whole squad will rally behind the defender to help him recover.
Rally round"We will rally round Martin and try and help him," said Ridgewell. "He is in a bad way. If he had meant it, he wouldn't have been in such a bad way.
"He is deeply sorry but it was a freak accident. Martin had tears in his eyes but we will get around him and help him. He has just gone in for a tackle."