Republic of Ireland international Keith Fahey has returned to Birmingham City FC has following a two month absence on compassionate leave.
The midfielder, who has been capped sixteen teams for ‘The Boys in Green’, has returned to St. Andrews and is ready to get back to Championship action. Fahey kept fit by training with Shamrock Rovers, and will be hopeful of a swift return to first-team football in a bid to help a struggling Birmingham side that are currently languishing in the bottom half of England’s second-tier.
“I want to thank the club for giving me the necessary time and support to deal with what was a personal family matter. Over the last few weeks I have been doing the equivalent of pre-season training with Shamrock Rovers and I would like to thank the club’s manager, Trevor Croly, for allowing me to do so.”
Fahey looks to have benefitted from his work with the Tallaght-based club, and Birmingham City manager, Lee Clark, has expressed his satisfaction at the midfielder’s physical shape. “It is great that Keith has returned. He underwent a full fitness assessment last week and I’m delighted to say he is in great shape so, within a few weeks of full training…he should be ready for first-team selection.”
Fahey’s return provides a welcome boost to Giovanni Trapattoni as he continues his preparation for Ireland’s crucial World-Cup qualifier away to Sweden on March 22nd. The Republic of Ireland team currently sit in third place in Group C, four points behind leaders Germany.