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Wolverhampton Wanderers Vs Birmingham, Sun 12 Dec 2010

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Dave Edwards has declared himself available for Wolves ahead of the Barclays Premier League derby with Birmingham.

The midfielder has rejoined full training after recovering from a thigh problem which has kept him out of the last four games.

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy has doubts over Michael Mancienne (knee) and David Jones (foot), while Karl Henry (knee) and Adlene Guedioura (leg) are long-term injuries and David Davis is suspended.

McCarthy believes his Wolves players have the mental strength to climb out of the relegation zone.

Wolves are three points adrift of safety as they approach a derby double header - at home to Birmingham and then away to West Brom next weekend.

But McCarthy has faith in his squad to handle the pressure.

The former Republic of Ireland boss said: "I hate being in the bottom three and I'm not comfortable being there.

"But I can cope with it because we have still got so many games to play and we have been playing well.

"I also have no worries about the players. They have certainly got the character and spirit within the squad.

"That has never been in doubt, never been in question, as far as I am concerned.

"You want to defend ugly, you want clean sheets and you want to be resilient. We will be fine."

Birmingham boss Alex McLeish has no major fresh injury problems.

On-loan Barcelona midfielder Alexander Hleb is still recovering from the hamstring injury suffered during the draw at Fulham.

Striker James McFadden is City's only long-term injury casualty with knee ligament damage - although McLeish is optimistic the Scotland international could return before the end of the season.

McLeish has to decide whether to recall Serbian striker Nikola Zigic or persevere with the 4-5-1 formation which earned a 1-1 home draw with Tottenham last weekend.

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