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Birmingham have struggled since losing Wolves loanee Matija Sarkic to injury

Wolves goalkeeper Matija Sarkic will not play again this season, after the star suffered a season-ending injury on loan at Birmingham City.

The Montenegro international has been on the sidelines since early January, after undergoing surgery after dislocating his shoulder in a game against QPR.

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It was a bitter blow for Sarkic.

He had been enjoying a really solid campaign up until the innocuous incident.

The 24-year-old had kept 10 clean sheets in his 23 appearances in the first half of the season.

The Blues were sitting in 19th place in the table after the QPR game in which Sarkic suffered his injury.

Since Sarkic has headed back to Wolves, the Blues have really struggled to keep the ball out of their net.

Lee Bowyer’s side have only been able to keep four clean sheets since Sarkic’s injury.

And the club have conceded 30 goals.

Sarkic conceded 29 goals during his time between the sticks for Birmingham. But obviously, there are still thee games left to play for the Blues.

Currently, they are all over the place defensively, having shipped 12 in the last three. On Monday, they were thrashed 6-1 by Blackpool, with young Zach Jeacock having a tough afternoon.

Matija Sarkic really excelled at Birmingham and his injury was a huge shame

Birmingham have had defensive struggles for most of the season.

But at least when Sarkic was playing, clean sheets were a bit more regular.

Now, Bowyer’s outfit are really struggling to keep the ball out.

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It was a huge shame that Sarkic suffered the injury he did. He was in a great moment and, crucially, was playing very single game.

Birmingham recently put out a tweet asking fans for things such as Player of the Season and Goal of the Season. A number of people were actually vouching for Sarkic as Player of the Season, despite him having only featured for half of the campaign.

Given John Ruddy could potentially be moving on from Wolves this summer, it would have been ideal for Sarkic to get a full season under his belt.

It’s possible the injury might mean Wolves send him out on loan again next season.