The Birmingham Mail reported yesterday that Kyle Lafferty’s ‘injury’ could very well leave Birmingham feeling the Blues, but boss Gary Rowett denies that this is the case.

The Mail’s website reported news from the Irish Sun’ SunSport section that the Norwich City loanee had picked up a groin injury for Northern Ireland after coming onto the pitch as a substitute in a 1-0 win at home against Slovenia. However, Rowett and Birmingham City moved quickly to dispel the rumours with the following Tweet (below).

Adding further to this story Blues boss Rowett gave a low-down on Lafferty’s condition, mentioning that it wasn’t as bad as first seemed. Speaking to a press conference, and reported on the Birmingham City website, Rowett said,

“I was surprised to read things claiming he would miss the rest of the season. That’s not the case at all. Kyle has a tightness in the groin, just due to the fact he hasn’t played that often this season. He’s been with the physios today and hopefully we will be able to get him out on the training field Friday. The weekend might come a little too soon for him, but he is certainly not ruled out – and certainly he’s not going to be missing for six weeks or the rest of season.”

Striker Lafferty is destined for the 2016 European Championships this summer with the Northern Ireland side and will be looking to the loan at Birmingham City to get in some match sharpness before the tournament begins, his game time at Norwich being serverely limited this season so far.

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