Murphy dreaming of Wembley

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David Murphy is dreaming of playing at Wembley in the FA Cup for Birmingham - a year after fearing his career could be over.

The Blues left-back, who missed all of last season after rupturing a knee cap, has been understudy to Liam Ridgewell during the current campaign and could only look on as Alex McLeish's side lifted the Carling Cup a fortnight ago.

But Murphy is in line to start Saturday's home FA Cup quarter-final with Bolton, and said: "For me, to have the chance to get to Wembley is extra special after the injury. The FA Cup is one of the major competitions in the world. Everyone watches it and to play in an FA Cup final or semi-final would be fantastic."

He added: "I did wonder if I would ever get back fully fit again.

"When the injury initially happened, it was at the end of the season so you've just got to go away and recuperate.

"But I would say after Christmas time just over a year ago, when I was looking to push back in the side and had a setback, that was the worst part.

"There were a couple of setbacks along the way and I spoke to the surgeon but thankfully we resolved the problem and, touch wood, I haven't had a problem with the knee for a year now."

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