Birmingham City have announced that Tony Mowbray will temporarily be stepping away from his managerial duties to receive medical treatment.

The former Rovers boss took charge at St Andrew's last month, succeeding Wayne Rooney in the hot seat. Assistant manager Mark Venus will take charge of the team in his absence.

Mowbray told the club website: “Following my recent LMA Health Assessment I have received a medical diagnosis that will require me to receive treatment.

"Undergoing treatment will necessitate that I temporarily step away from the Technical Area as Manager of Birmingham City Football Club. 

"Until I return, my assistant manager, Mark Venus, will take temporary charge of the team, supported by coaches Ashley Cole, Pete Shuttleworth and Maik Taylor. I will continue to provide advice and counsel while undergoing treatment. 

“The club has been incredibly supportive of me and my family and we are very grateful. I know that everyone will be respectful of our privacy at this time.”

The Blues currently sit 15th in the Championship table following Saturday's 2-1 victory against Sunderland.

Chief executive Garry Cook added: “Our thoughts are with Tony, his wife Amber, and family.

"We wish him a speedy recovery and look forward to welcoming Tony back to the club to continue the excellent work that he has started.

"In the meantime, Mark Venus, Ashley Cole, Pete Shuttleworth and Maik Taylor, will be given all the support they need to lead the club forward.”