Birmingham City boss Wayne Rooney confirms another huge blow as 26-year-old talent will be out of the squad ahead of Southampton clash…

Ahead of the Southampton game, Birmingham City manager Wayne Rooney has encountered more challenges. In the latest news concerning Birmingham City, there is another setback to report.

Birmingham City will have to face Southampton without Juninho Bacuna this weekend, which is yet another setback for manager Wayne Rooney. Bacuna received his fifth yellow card of the season during the match against Hull City on Wednesday night, resulting in a one-match suspension. The referee, John Busby, booked Bacuna after a verbal exchange following his sixth foul during stoppage time.

The 26-year-old midfielder was making his first start under Rooney after being left out of the lineup in the previous match against Middlesbrough. Unfortunately, he won’t be available for Blues’ first visit to St Mary’s since 2011, a game in which Blues suffered a 4-1 defeat despite a goal from Chris Wood.

Krystian Bielik managed to avoid a yellow card in the Hull game, but he remains one booking away from a suspension. Birmingham City has six more matches to play before the first yellow card amnesty of the season takes effect on December 2.

Juninho Bacuna will miss Birmingham City's trip to Southampton

In addition to Bacuna’s absence, Rooney will also be without several players due to injuries. Lee Buchanan, Keshi Anderson, and Tyler Roberts are all sidelined until after the November international break. Alfie Chang is a long-term absentee due to an ACL injury he sustained in August.

On a more positive note, Ethan Laird and George Hall participated in training on Tuesday and may make their return in the coming weeks. According to Rooney, there is an outside chance that Laird could be available to face Southampton.

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