Birmingham's Chilean international Jean Beausejour has been ruled out of next weekend's clash at Arsenal with a knee ligament strain, his club confirmed on today.
It is the latest setback in a frustrating start at St Andrew's for the winger who was lacking match fitness after signing on the final day of the summer transfer window from Mexican side Club America.
Now Alex McLeish's £3.3m capture needs more rest and recuperation and will not be risked at the Emirates Stadium. McLeish had hoped Beausejour would be fit to return following the international break after being left out of the home clash with Everton last weekend.
"Jean came to us half fit and hadn't played many games and that is part of the problem when you sign players right at the end of the transfer window," McLeish said.
"Now he's strained his medial ligament and we have to make sure we don't take any unnecessary risks with him. He needs to rest to make sure he is right and he won't be available next weekend."
Beausejour has still to start a Premier League game for Blues although he impressed in the League Cup win over MK Dons.