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Hleb doubtful for final clash

Birmingham midfielder Alex Hleb is sweating over whether he will be fit for the Carling Cup final after suffering a knee injury during yesterday's comfortable FA Cup fifth-round win over Sheffield Wednesday.

Hleb left St Andrew's on crutches after being on the receiving end of a mistimed challenged from Owls defender James O'Connor. The former Arsenal player will have a scan in the next 24 hours to determine whether he can recover in time to face the Gunners at Wembley next weekend.

Goals from Jean Beausejour, Obafemi Martins and David Murphy sealed a quarter-final spot for Blues.

"The latest is Alex [Hleb] is limping heavily. He will have a scan hopefully over the next 24 hours," said Blues boss Alex McLeish.

"We presume we can get something done tomorrow and we will know after that if there is any damage.

"It is his knee. We don't believe there is any cruciate problems but he got a fair rattle. The guy was very late in the tackle."

Owls boss Gary Megson was livid with the standard of his side's defending.

"It was terrific for us for the first six minutes and yet again, each time the opposition have their first attack they score from it," he said.

"Woeful doesn't describe it adequately, the simplicity of the goals against us.

"It shouldn't happen like that. If someone scores a world-class goal against you, or a lucky one, there is not a huge amount you can do.

"But the first goal is an awful one to give away. It starts on the halfway line and is a ball we should clear and be a lot stronger with.

"Next time we are touching the ball, it is in the back of the net. The second goal is even worse," said Megson.

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