Birmingham City face an important test of their character when they play hosts Blackburn Rovers on Saturday - but the match is already being dominated by two charismatic figures: David Dunn and Robbie Savage.
Birmingham occupy a position in the bottom three of the Premiership and their form is so worrying that anything short of a victory at Ewood Park will be considered a disappointment.
Encouraging, then, that Dunn should be available for Birmingham to play against his former club. Sad, though, that Savage will be playing for Blackburn and not for Birmingham.
The staff at St Andrew?s would never admit it, but Blues have missed Savage since the former Wales international midfield player left to join Blackburn last January. This will be his first match against his former club.
But Dunn has been quick to play down talk of personalities dominating this match. With Birmingham in a state of decline, this is all about one thing: the three points.
Dunn returned to the Birmingham squad against Aston Villa last Sunday after a ten-month lay-off with a back injury. Birmingham lost 1-0 but Dunn?s revival provided some solace.
?I felt pretty good, to be honest,? Dunn said. ?But the result takes everything away from my part in it. It is important for us to get something at Blackburn. It is a massive game for us, as it was against Villa.
?It was great to go out on the pitch again. Boxing Day was the last game so it?s great to be back out there on the pitch again. I knew I was ready for it. I?d played for the reserves in the previous week so I knew I was there or thereabouts so it?s great to be back.
?With being in bed, you lose your muscle bulk and things like that but I do feel good. I think it?s a psychological boost to get through that first game.
?I?ve set myself a dozen games to get my fitness and if I can get that under my belt then, away we go. That is the test for me. I?ll play in the reserves until I feel really up to it. There is only so much training and running you can do. The more games I get under my belt, the better I?ll be.?
Dunn is not sentimental but he appreciates the chance to make his mark against his former club. He forged his reputation with Blackburn and earned a #5.5 million move to Birmingham in the summer of 2003.
?Blackburn are doing OK,? Dunn said. ?It is a massive game for us. We need to start picking points up and for me it is a good way to start by going up there on my old ground.
?It?s early days yet. It?s not even November. It?s really early. If you come to me in April and we are in the bottom three, that?s the time to start worrying. It is important we keep our heads up, dust ourselves down and get a good result next week.
?The team is good enough to get in the top half when we get all the players back and fully fit. We?ve still got Muzzy Izzet to come back and a few players who are not match fit yet. When everyone starts doing that, everything will be fine.?
And that has been part of Birmingham?s problem. Too many players have been injured or suspended, meaning that Steve Bruce, the Birmingham manager, has hardly been able to select the same team for two successive matches. Blues have been under-strength for more than two years.
Still, Dunn?s return was hailed as a new signing and the player, who has appeared once for England, has already had a profound effect on the confidence within the squad ? and around St Andrew?s.
The supporters hailed Dunn as a long-lost friend and, with Birmingham slipping down the table, such a talismanic figure is held in high esteem.