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Hughton eases Fahey fears

CHRIS HUGHTON has allayed fears that Keith Fahey could be an injury doubt for Euro 2012 with a persistent groin problem.

The midfielder has been troubled by the complaint throughout the season and will miss tomorrow's Championship clash with Brighton.

However, Hughton expects that Fahey will be fine for his team's likely tilt at the play-offs.

Birmingham have played 58 games this season thanks to their participation in the Europa League, and Hughton says that Fahey just needs a rest.

"I would be very surprised if he did (miss the Euros)," he said. "The problem could be because of the volume of games, so come the end of the season and a recovery period for him, I would imagine he'll be fine for the summer.

"It is not something that he has got to rest for a long period of time, it is not something that needs surgery. It is just something that just needs the steam taken out of it a little bit."

Meanwhile, Roy Hodgson has suggested that West Brom are ready to offer Steven Reid a new contract despite the injury problem that has prematurely ended his season.

"I don't think his current injury will affect him," said Hodgson. "It'll be more of a question of us being convinced he's a man that will still help us next year and him being convinced he wants to be here. If he wants to stay, it won't be a difficult decision to keep him."

Irish Independent