Loan trio ready for derby

West Ham United loanees Lee Bowyer, Kyel Reid and Nigel Quashie are set to face-off as Championship promotion-chasers Birmingham City take on Wolverhampton Wanderers at St Andrews on Monday night.

Bowyer's City go into the match second in the table, five points behind Reid and Quashie's Wolves and three points above third-placed Reading with six matches left to play.

Bowyer has been singled out as an important player in tonight's match by Birmingham legend and former West Ham defender Joe Gallagher, who said: "Bowyer has been a very good signing for Blues. If he's not been magnificent in most games, he's been very good. When he's been missing it has been noticeable and Blues haven't quite been the same. Bowyer goes from box to box, corner flag to corner flag, and he arrives in dangerous positions to score goals or create for others."

Former England midfielder Bowyer has been a success since moving to the Midlands in January, scoring once in 12 Championship appearances for Alex McLeish's side.

Reid, meanwhile, could make his fourth start for Wolves after England Under-21 winger Michael Kightly was ruled out with a foot injury.

The left-sided player, who scored for the Hammers in the Carling Cup second round win over Macclesfield Town in August, enjoyed a loan spell at Blackpool earlier this season before joining the table-toppers in January.

Since then, the 21-year-old Reid has made seven league and FA Cup appearances for Wolves. However, he could face a fight for a starting place on Monday evening with former Hammers striker Marlon Harewood, who has joined Mick McCarthy's team on loan from Aston Villa.

Meanwhile, Scotland midfielder Quashie has admitted to having mixed emotions ahead of the match, having spent three months on loan with Birmingham earlier this season before linking up with Wolves in January.

The 30-year-old, who has made three appearances for the Molineux outfit, has not played for Wolves since Valentine's Day but is enjoying being part of a title-chasing squad.

"I would like to see both sides go on and get promotion," said Quashie. "That would be the dream scenario. I would get great satisfaction out of seeing both in the top flight but I am a Wolves' player now and so obviously want them to pick up the points in this one."

A fifth player with West Ham connections is also set to feature in tonight's game. Birmingham central defender Liam Ridgewell started his career with the Hammers, spending six years at the club before joining Aston Villa as a 15-year-old.