Hughton soothes Trap fears as Fahey suffers groin injury

Aidan Fitzmaurice

GIOVANNI TRAPATTONI'S medical team will this week seek an update from Birmingham City on the fitness of Keith Fahey as the midfielder is a concern due to a groin injury.

Fahey was substituted just 36 minutes into Birmingham's 2-2 draw with Bristol City on Saturday, and City boss Chris Hughton hopes that the injury is not serious.

"Losing Keith was a big blow and we are going to have to see how he is," said Hughton.

"Hopefully it will not be too bad. I had to take him off as Keith found the going a little tough. We now have to assess the situation."

Meanwhile, Andy Keogh is being hailed by Millwall fans after his goal helped the Lions secure their Championship status for another season. Keogh's goal was the crucial one in Saturday's 2-1 win over Leicester City.

CARDIFF CITY boss Malky Mackay has backed Liam Lawrence's bid to make it into Ireland's squad for the Euro 2012 finals.

Lawrence, on loan to Cardiff from Portsmouth, helped keep the Bluebirds in the hunt for promotion to the Premier League by scoring the winner during Saturday's 1-0 victory away to Barnsley.

"There is no reason he should not be considered for the Ireland squad in the European Championship finals this summer.

"He is playing regularly and playing well," said Mckay.

"Liam placed his header magnificently well. That's his first goal for our club and he took it really well.

Liam has been a fantastic pro. It can be difficult to bring in experienced players on loan and know exactly why they are coming out of their club.

"He has shown why he was captain of Portsmouth and is a Republic of Ireland international.

"He was excellent at Barnsley and has been top-notch since he came here."