Semi-final training in photos

Avram Grant put his men through their paces on Tuesday before the big Carling Cup semi-final decider at St Andrews on Wednesday night.

The manager introduced Gary O'Neil to the rest of the squad, while there was also the welcome sight of Lars Jacobsen, Herita Ilunga, Radoslav Kovac and Kieron Dyer all included once again in the full sessions, as has been the case for several days. Jacobsen is cup-tied but is fully fit for the challenges ahead. 

Carlton Cole took part and Grant is hopeful he will be involved in the midweek match with Victor Obinna and Frederic Piquionne also suspended. The manager's other striking possibilities - Benni McCarthy, Zavon Hines, Frank Nouble and Freddie Sears - were also involved.

The manager also spoke to the press and revealed that the club have not finished their transfer business yet, despite the acquisition of O'Neil and fellow new recruit Wayne Bridge. Thomas Hitzlsperger also continues to make good progress in training with the reserves.

* Fans travelling to St Andrews have been advised by Birmingham City to allow as much time as possible for their journey, especially allowing for rush-hour traffic in the city. Fans should get to the ground as early as they can.

Avram Grant and Scott Parker

Scott Parker and Avram Grant share a pre-training joke

Mark Noble, Wayne Bridge and Matthew Upson

Wayne Bridge, with Mark Noble, has settled in very quickly


It was an intensive session


Gary O'Neil

O'Neil was determined to show he is ready if needed on Wednesday

Gary O'Neil

The midfielder could give the manager food for thought with his team

Carlton Cole

Carlton Cole looked sharp - as did Kieron Dyer who was training fully again

Jonathan Spector

Jonathan Spector has proved a key man in the cup

Zavon Hines

With Victor Obinna and Frederic Piquionne suspended, Zavon Hines could figure.

Gary O'Neil

Will it be a case of 'On your marks, get set...go!' for O'Neil on Wednesday?