New Birmingham City signing Matt Derbyshire could make his debut for the Blues against old club Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.

Derbyshire, 24, put pen to paper on a one-year loan deal with the Blues with an option to extend the deal at the end of that period and will be hoping to make an instant impact.

He left the Premier League in January 2009 and signed for Greek club Olympiakos where he became a cult hero by scoring two goals as a substitute in the Greek cup final in his first season at the club, earning him a four-year contract.

Then in March 2010, Derbyshire scored an away winner as Olympiakos beat arch rivals Panathinikos 1-0, a goal which endeared him to the fans even more as they named him “The English Killer.”

Derbyshire’s return to the Premier League is a welcome boost to Birmingham City after Kevin Phillips was ruled out for weeks with a torn thigh muscle.

“I am very happy to have acquired Matt Derbyshire,” said McLeish.

“You have to take your hat off to him and say he has been successful in Greece.”

“Matt is in contention for the weekend.”

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