By DAN KARELL
Jonathan Spector’s injury problems could finally be in the rear mirror.
The American defender is set to play for the Birmingham City Under-21s on Monday against Sheffield United, in what will be Spector’s first match since last October. Spector has remained on the sidelines with a thigh muscle injury after missing large portions of last season with similar thigh problems. Spector tore his thigh muscle in May 2012.
The 27-year-old Chicago native was re-signed by Birmingham City head coach Lee Clark because of his versatility, able to play anywhere along the backline and even in center midfield. Mainly Spector had been playing at right back or in central midfield for the Blues. Spector’s last official appearance came on Oct. 5 in a 2-1 defeat to Bolton.
Spector was subsequently injured the next week in training and hasn’t seen the field since.
Spector’s injury troubles have likely hurt his chances of making the U.S. Men’s National Team squad for the 2014 World Cup this summer. Spector was a member of the 2010 World Cup squad, though he didn’t appear in any of the USMNT’s four games, and he even took part in World Cup qualifying for the 2006 World Cup as an 18-year-old.
If he’s able to get through the reserves match on Monday, Spector could make his full return on Saturday at Blackpool.
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