Wednesday September 29, 2021
BIRMINGHAM’S task of overhauling Edinburgh tonight has just been made even harder.

Fans’ favourite Paco Castagna has been ruled out with illness and will be replaced by American ace Dillon Ruml.

Already 18-points down from the first leg heading into the deciding leg of the Knockout Cup tie with Edinburgh, boss Laurence Rogers admits Castagna’s absence is a big blow.

He said: "Paco rang me to say he had bad flu symptoms and was confined to bed.

"It's a massive shame he'll miss this one because he has been piling up the points for us at reserve, especially at Perry Barr.

"We thank Dillon Ruml for stepping in - he rode really, really well for Plymouth not so long back and we're confident he can come in and do a job for the Brummies tonight."

Edinburgh have also been forced into a change of guest at reserve with Dan Gilkes now standing in for Jason Edwards.

If Birmingham fail to win by more than 18-points tonight will be the last meeting of the season – and possibly forever unless new owners are found to take over the club from outgoing duo Peter and David Mason.

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