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Blues sure of derby tie go-ahead

Birmingham are confident their Carling Cup clash with local rivals Aston Villa will go ahead despite another night of sub-zero temperatures.

The undersoil heating at St. Andrew's has been in operation to ensure the pitch will be playable on Wednesday night, and the first team squad trained on it on Tuesday with no problems.

In addition, City staff have been ensuring the concourses and seating areas are free of snow and ice to avoid any concerns over them being a safety hazard.

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