Donaldson scored 16 goals for Birmingham last season.

Birmingham City suffering striker crisis

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Birmingham City boss Gary Rowett will continue looking for a striker to cover the injured Clayton Donaldson, despite receiving several setbacks in his search for a replacement.

The Blues' talismanic striker returned from international duty with a groin injury and manager Rowett is looking vigorously to find a suitable deputy for his star man.

Donaldson scored 16 goals in his debut season at St Andrew's, after signing from Brentford two seasons ago and has already notched five goals this term.


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Birmingham are light of attacking options already and Donaldson's absence proves a massive problem for his manager.

In an interview with the BBC, Rowett said: "Between now and Thursday we will try unbelievably hard to get another player in."

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David Cotterill is also on the treatment table so finding more attacking options is crucial if Birmingham are to improve their current form of one win from their last five games.

"We lose a key player in Dave Cotterill and then Clayton, that's 24 goals out of the team from last season," Rowett explained: "It's been 'striker search' for the last two weeks, but that's got stepped up."

Newcastle United are said to be considering letting forward Yoan Gouffran to leave on loan and the Frenchman could well fill the attacking void at Birmingham.

Rowett's transfer funds are slim, however, and the former Burton Albion manager may have to be shrewd in his transfer business. One thing's for certain - Rowett must find cover quickly or the Blues' results may suffer further as a result and their time in the playoff positions will be short lived.

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