Just when it looked as though next weekend's Birmingham derby would be a case of bring your boots and you'll get a game, City's selection travails appear to be easing.
Through a combination of injury, illness and suspension Birmingham were without eight senior players for last week's loss at Arsenal - a situation that was compounded when Kenny Cunningham was sent off and Nicky Butt was handed an extra game ban for his dismissal at Portsmouth.
But finally the treatment room door has begun to demonstrate a capacity to swing both ways with Mario Melchiot, Jiri Jarosik, and Martin Taylor all set to be available for the Aston Villa game on October 16.
Midfielder Neil Kilkenny will also be return after serving a one-match suspension.
Coach Eric Black revealed yesterday that when his club's deadly rivals arrive at St Andrew's all four should be in Steve Bruce's squad. "Mario failed a fitness test on Sunday morning and in the cold light of day it was the probably the right thing," said Black.
"He now has a full two weeks and hopefully he will come back in contention again for Villa. We also think that Jarosik will be fine in two or three days, so he will have a full week's training before the Villa game which would bring another one back in.
"And Martin Taylor has trained for the last two days so he should be fine."
Taylor's return could not be better timed given Cunningham's imminent suspension and he will compete with Olivier Tebily for the right to partner Matthew Upson at the heart of the Birmingham defence.
Meanwhile of the other players currently sidelined through injury, Black admitted that it was hard to put a date on the return of David Dunn and Muzzy Izzet.
"Every day that Dunny trains and comes through is another day forward and that is what we have got to focus on," Black insisted.
"He is performing well in training, his fitness is good and now we just need to slowly introduce him to competitive football. It is very, very difficult for him because the injury is always in the back of his mind.
"A slight twinge and you think 'here we go again'. Because he has been out for so long, he is going to get twinges and it is hard.
"But he is a strong character and he was worked exceptionally hard and we all hope that he is going to be fine. He is getting closer every day and we will give him the time to come through it."
Dunn is thought to be in line for his first game of football for ten months in next week's Birmingham's reserve team game against Everton.
The former Blackburn Rovers midfielder has not played since undergoing back surgery, in a bid to cure the hamstring problems that have blighted his St Andrew's career.
Goalkeeper Maik Taylor has been given an added incentive to get fit for Saturday's World Cup qualifier against Wales.
The 34-year-old has been named as Northern Ireland's captain for the game in Belfast but must first shake off a back problem. "When I kick a ball, a pain goes through my thigh joint and up to the top of my backside," said Taylor who will skipper the side in the absence of Aston Villa's Aaron Hughes who is out with a hernia.
"It is a bit of a puzzle but I have got through games okay up to now." If he cannot prove his fitness the former Fulham man will be replaced by Roy Carroll in goal as Lawrie Sanchez's team look to build on last month's historic 1-0 win over England.
Meanwhile Scunthorpe United have signed Birmingham midfielder Peter Till on a month's loan.
The 20-year-old rightwinger, who can also play in attack, is set to make his debut at Tranmere Rovers on Saturday just a few weeks after his first appearance in for Birmingham City - which ironically came against Scunthorpe.