Birmingham City manager Lee Bowyer has stated attacking midfielder Jon Toral will miss the rest of the season with a hamstring injury.

The 26-year-old Spaniard limped off in the second half of the Blues’ draw against Brentford on 6th April with an injury which, as it turns out, has put an end to his campaign.

Bowyer admitted: “He’s done his hamstring and obviously we don’t have long left of the season, so he’ll be done for the season now.”

Having earned his stripes at the famous academies of Barcelona and Arsenal, Toral comes with serious pedigree and would have certainly hoped for more playing time than he has managed this campaign.

With two goals and two assists in just 16 Championship appearances for Birmingham City, Toral has shown in flashes why he has first team experience with clubs like Granada and Rangers and will certainly be a big miss from the bench.

As it stands, he is out of contract at the end of the season. However, The Blues have the option to add on another 12 months, a decision which will not be taken lightly given his injury-hit time in Championship football.

The blow for Lee Bowyer’s men comes ahead of an important clash at the foot of the table against Rotherham this Sunday.

The Millers endured a painful loss at home to fellow strugglers Coventry on Thursday night, a true six-pointer which could have put them in a fantastic position had they been victorious.

Instead, after a 70th minute Coventry winner by Leo Østigård, the tie with Birmingham City becomes an absolute must win. With The Blues in good form, not conceding in their past three games, it is sure to be a hotly contested affair.

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