Blues could see the return of three players back from injury this weekend, but they will be without Anthony Wordsworth due to a calf problem.
The midfielder will be missing for Saturday’s game against Fleetwood Town after a scan showed a “little tear”.
But boss Phil Brown could be boosted in defence with captain Anton Ferdinand back on the training ground on Thursday and John White also fit and available.
“From Saturday gone, I’ve got three players come out the treatment room in John White, Michael Timlin and Anton Ferdinand,” said Brown.
“Anthony Wordsworth has unfortunately had a scan on a calf and he’s had a little tear which is going to keep him out for a couple of weeks.
“It’s one out from Saturday and three back.”
The boss also had an update on Rob Kiernan, who it is hoped will be back playing in February according to Brown.
“He [Kiernan] has a meeting with one of the specialists and if I can bring it forward from the 5th February all well and good.
“Rob is in a really good place. He’s at 70% on the AlterG running machine. When he gets to 80% he may as well be running on the grass is what I’ve been told.
“That could be next week, which if it is he is ahead of schedule.
“At this moment in time he is pencilled in for Wigan on the 10th February.”
Josh Wright is a little while away but Brown hopes Ted Smith will be back before the end of the month.
“Josh is probably going to be three or four weeks before he can come back in.
“It’s a grade two tear on his hamstring which is disappointing when I had a substitute ready and waiting to come on.
“Ted is coming along slowly but I’m hoping to see Ted playing, either for the U23s or the first team in the month of January.”