Birmingham City striker Clinton Morrison fears his dream of playing in the World Cup finals next summer-could be dashed unless Blues' manager Steve Bruce plays him more regularly.

The Republic of Ireland international has found his opportunities at Birmingham restricted since Walter Pandiani arrived at the club on loan from Deportivo La Coruna in January.

And Morrison, who cost £4.25 million from Crystal Palace in 2002, says he is considering quitting Blues this summer to ensure his aspirations of playing for Brian Kerr's Irish team in Germany next year do not suffer.

Morrison has become an integral member of the Republic's squad - he has 27 caps and has scored seven goals - and they are on course to qualify for the finals from Group Four.

But the 25-year-old fears he is not playing regularly enough for his club to command a starting berth for Ireland so, although Bruce wants Morrison to sign a new contract, the player plans to assess his options at the end of next month.

"I love Birmingham and I want to stay, but it is important for me to be playing," he said. "In the summer, I will have a decision to make. International football is very important to me as well now, it is going great with Ireland and there is a chance to play in the World Cup.

"But if you are not playing regularly, then your international manager has a right to drop you because you are not match-fit.

"I will have to take that into account and maybe I will have to move on. I hope not, but the only way I will sign is if I am going to be playing football."

Morrison formed a decent partnership with Emile Heskey earlier this season but the arrival of Pandiani has seen the ex-Palace forward relegated to the bench.

Birmingham have already initiated talks to sign the Uruguayan on a permanent basis and with Bruce keen to bring back Chelsea striker Mikael Forssell - who spent a successful loan spell at St Andrew's last term - Morrison is worried his chances could diminish further.

Consequently, the Tootingborn forward is planning imminent talks with Bruce to thrash out his future because Morrison says he is anxious to play more matches.

He added: "I just want to have my chance to show what

I can do. I will have a meeting with my agent [Neil Fewings] and the boss soon and I will say that I just want to play as much as possible.

"I am not someone who signs a fat new contract and then sits on the bench smiling. I want to be out there, playing is what it is all about.

"I was playing well, it was all good. I was combining well with Emile and it was some of the best football of my career - that is why it is so disappointing now.

"It is not a nice thing to be dropped and I will always want better than that for myself. The manager has spoken to me and he says he wants me to sign a new contract and that I am a part of his plans."

Morrison will be in the Birmingham squad for the visit of Blackburn Rovers in the Premiership on Saturday; whether Robbie Savage will be in Rovers' contingent remains to be seen.

The 30-year-old midfielder is certain to be given a hostile reception if he does play, following his acrimonious switch from St Andrew's to Blackburn for £ 3 million in January.

However, Rovers manager Mark Hughes, whose assistant is ex-Blues coach Mark Bowen, says Savage is doubtful after being substituted before the end of his side's 1-1 draw at West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday.

He said: "Sav was feeling his groin again. He was tiring again towards the end and that was the reason he came off.

"People have to understand he hasn't had a great deal of football this year. If he is fit and well, then he will be in the squad for Saturday."