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Birmingham City news: Steve Cotterill announces major Isaac Vassell blow

Birmingham City news: Isaac Vassell suffers major injury blow.

Birmingham City striker Isaac Vassell

Vassell, 24, ruptured a cruciate knee ligament in the first half of the 0-0 draw against Aston Villa on Sunday following a challenge with Alan Hutton.

The summer signing from Luton Town is set to miss at least six months.

Birmingham manager Steve Cotterill said: “It's not good for Isaac, it's not good for the club. He has ruptured a cruciate ligament.”

Vassell is scheduled to see a surgeon tomorrow, and Cotterill is refusing to blame Hutton.

He said: “I don’t think you can blame anyone, it wasn’t like it was a bone-crunching tackle, there is no blame connected to anyone at Aston Villa that has to be made clear.”

Birmingham City news: Isaac Vassell suffers major injury blow.

Birmingham City boss Steve Cotterill

Vassell started every game since Cotterill replaced Harry Redknapp.

And the Blues boss said: “He is a young player I was really, really working with and I think by the end of the season it would have been a good learning curve for him going on in his career.

“The learning is put back six months. It’s a real blow.”

Cotterill added: “The worst thing about it is these things always happen to the good lads. He is an absolute joy.”

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Birmingham face Brentford tomorrow, and Cotterill believes his side are in for a stiff test.

He said: “They are a possession based team which is where I would like us to get in time but they are a few years ahead of us.

“It will be a difficult game we will have to do a lot of the things we have been working on effectively.”

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