Tahith Chong produced a man of the match performance for Birmingham City at the weekend on his debut.

The Manchester United loanee’s midfield display was cut short on 78 minutes when he hobbled off with injury.

Chong did not feature in a changed team for Birmingham in the Carabao Cup in midweek.

Now, ahead of the Blues’ Championship game at the weekend at home to Stoke City, manager Lee Bowyer has provided an update on Chong’s fitness.

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Bowyer told a press conference: “Tahith came off injured against Sheffield United, he hasn’t trained this week.

“He is touch and go for Saturday. We will have to assess him tomorrow.”

 

It is less than ideal for Chong, after a perfect start in which he helped Birmingham to a 1-0 away win to open the season.

At best it seems Chong will be on the bench this weekend. There is another home game against Bournemouth on the Wednesday, so that could be more likely for his return.

Chong featured in an all action midfield role as part of a central three, and impressed Bowyer with his defensive work as much as his attacking contribution.

The manager told the  club website last week: “When he made that run towards the end, 50 yards tracking someone, tracking someone sprinting back to help the team out – that will do for me. I am delighted with him.”

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