Hughton happy with Birmingham squad

Birmingham v Club Bruges

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Birmingham City manager Chris Hughton believes the strength of his squad has served the club well as they balance a European campaign with a push for promotion from the Championship.

City host Belgian side Bruges tonight on an eight-match unbeaten run which includes away Europa wins in Bruges and Maribor. "We have managed to use the squad to good effect so far," Hughton said. "It's worked quite well. The important thing is to keep some momentum."

Wade Elliott and Pablo Ibanez return tonight, with Hughton set to assess other players with "bumps and bruises". City sit joint top of Group H with Bruges.