Tony Mowbray has revealed that Dilan Markanday will get some game-time in Saturday’s final game with Birmingham City.

Markanday hasn’t featured since sustaining a hamstring injury, that required surgery, on his debut at Hull City in January.

However, the attacker has been back in training for the last month and has declared himself fit to feature at St Andrew’s.

While Mowbray says the 20-year-old won’t start, he will get some minutes as a substitute in the second half.

It will be a big boost for the January signing, who joined from Tottenham Hotspur for a six-figure fee, to take into the summer as he looks to for an impact in his first full season at the club in 2022/23.

Mowbray has told supporters to ‘be excited’ by Markanday who he feels will have a big part to play.

“He is going to get some game-time.

“It’s his decision. What I wouldn’t want to do with Dilan is force him to play a game, but he knocked on my door and said that he feels ready.

“He’s trained for two or three weeks and he looks electric.

“I didn’t want to force him because he feared 20 minutes and pulling his hamstring again, but it was his choice.

“I asked whether he wanted a pre-season but he knocked on my door and said he feels ready, feels good and wants to be involved.

“We won’t start him but we’ll give some game-time.”

Mowbray declared no fresh injury concerns heading into the final day game which has nothing riding on it for either side.

The manager says players out of contract, and on loan, are unlikely to feature, with his team selection having one eye on the future.

Jack Vale will be part of the squad, and could make only a third appearance for the first-team, after hitting four in the Under-23s’ win over Chelsea on Sunday, taking his tally to 13 goals in his last 12 appearances for Mike Sheron’s side.

"I don't want to give the team away but as I sit here at the moment, it is unlikely that the out-of-contract players feature," Mowbray added.

"We might have to have one on the bench for the numbers.

"We have to have 10 players that were on the team sheet of the 18 so we are guarded by that. My intention was loan players and out of contract players (won't play).

"My vision is that 10, 12, 20 managers will be in the stand at Birmingham thinking they might apply for this job. They will want to watch these players and make opinions.

"I think it's important that players we know will be at the football club will want to show their worth to the team. The majority of the team that plays will be those under contract and working for this club at the start of next season."

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