February 21, 2024

Krystian Bielik, a midfielder for Birmingham, will be sidelined for Saturday’s Stadium of Light match against Sunderland due to his fifth yellow card of the year.

Wayne Rooney’s team wasted a two-goal lead at St Andrew’s as the Blues drew 2-2 with Ipswich. Bielik has started 14 of the team’s 15 league games this season.

Bielik showing his class for Rooney's Derby - The PFSA

The 25-year-old Poland international Bielik was substituted in the 73rd minute, but he was booked nine minutes later for a foul on Dane Scarlett. According to EFL regulations, a player who receives five yellow cards before the season’s 19th game will be suspended for one game.

Following Rooney’s appointment as manager at St Andrew’s, Birmingham has only collected one point from four games, including the draw against Ipswich. As a result, the team is now 15th in the Championship standings.

“I see improvement every week,” Rooney declared following the game. “We showed encouraging signs against Southampton the previous week as well, and we’ve built on that this time around against a formidable Ipswich Town team.” After organizing the team and taking the lead, we performed exceptionally well for 45 minutes. That somewhat faltered in the second half, and we regrettably gave up two goals.

“When the substitutes play, they need to do better. However, I’m happy with the general caliber of performance. The players weren’t accustomed to this, and we understood it would take time for it to change.”

In addition, Sunderland’s center backs Luke O’Nien and Dan Ballard will be absent when they play Birmingham at the Stadium of Light. On Saturday, both players were given their fifth yellow card of the year during the goalless draw against Swansea.

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