Skip­per’s nose in­jury was lucky break says Blues boss

Birmingham Post - - PERSONAL FINANCE - Foot­ball Writer

GARRY Monk reck­ons Birm­ing­ham City cap­tain Michael Mor­ri­son can for­get about a ca­reer in mod­el­ling af­ter break­ing his nose in the win over Rother­ham!

Mor­ri­son’s 150th game for the club ended pre­ma­turely when the cen­tre­back had to be re­placed by Marc Roberts 14 min­utes from time.

Luck­ily for Blues, Mor­ri­son’s in­jury did not change the face of the re­sult at St An­drew’s, de­spite a late fight­back from the vis­i­tors. And he should be ready for ac­tion when Blues re­turn to duty away to Stoke City a week on Satur­day.

“Morro has got a bro­ken nose,” man­ager Monk con­firmed. “It’s a good time to have it, to be hon­est, with the in­ter­na­tional break.

“It’s noth­ing se­ri­ous and we’ll patch him up and he’ll be ready to train next week.

“His mod­el­ling ca­reer is out of the ques­tion now, but I think it’s his hair that Morro is more wor­ried about!”

Monk was forced to watch his team’s first home win of the sea­son from the stands af­ter be­ing hit with a one-game touch­line ban.

He had been rep­ri­manded by the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion for his fu­ri­ous re­ac­tion to Maikel Kieften­beld’s red card at Brent­ford last week.

Un­der the terms of the ban, Monk was pro­hib­ited from dish­ing out di­rect in­struc­tions to the play­ers dur­ing the match, but he was al­lowed to com­mu­ni­cate over the phone with his trusted No.2 Pep Clotet.

The pair have worked to­gether for close to five years. While in charge of Swansea, Monk pro­moted Clotet to as­sis­tant man­ager in May 2014. He was then drafted into Monk’s backroom staff at Leeds United in June 2016.

Monk also turned to the Spaniard when he took over at St An­drew’s in March fol­low­ing the sack­ing of Steve Cot­ter­ill.

Given their tight work­ing re­la­tion­ship, Monk knew he could rely on Clotet to make the right calls from the dugout if ever there was a prob­lem with com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

“We know what we’re do­ing, it’s clear what we need to do on the pitch and we al­ways plan for dif­fer­ent sce- nar­ios,” Monk said. “We’ve worked with each other a long time now.”

Lukas Jutkiewicz was the star of the show as Blues eased past the Millers 3-1 to move up to 17th in the ta­ble. The for­mer Burn­ley hit­man struck the first hat-trick of his ca­reer to take his goals tally for the sea­son up to six.

“We are de­lighted for him,” Monk said. “We were clin­i­cal, which in the other games we haven’t been. Good fin­ishes, good goals, but the most im­por­tant bit was the three points. It was not spec­tac­u­lar, but solid.

“It was about get­ting the job done, get­ting three points and go­ing into the in­ter­na­tional break in front of our fans and giv­ing them the win.”

By PAUL SUART >Michael Mor­ri­son broke his nose but will be ready for Blues’ next game

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