O'Connor set for extended spell out

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Birmingham manager Alex McLeish has been rocked by a further set-back to Garry O'Connor's rehabilitation from a long-term injury.

The striker underwent a groin operation back in December and was scheduled for a return in the coming weeks, but McLeish revealed his comeback has been put on hold.

"I think Garry is going to be out for another two or three weeks. He's had a little problem with stiffness around about his groin," he told the Birmingham Mail.

"He had that operation and he's come back but he's not kicking fully through the ball and you can see that there is still a bit of a tentative look about him.

"He trained with the other players the other day on the training ground and he's definitely not at full tilt.

"There's no point training with players who are at full tilt because it would just hamper the level that we're trying to play at in training and Garry understands that. Garry is going to rest it completely for a week to try and get over this."

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