Birmingham City boss Lee Clark insists he's counting on Swansea City loan signing Kyle Bartley.

Clark has dropped the Swansea City loanee after Blues first two games.

He said: "Kyle is going to be a massive player for us, a big, big player in this division. One of the best central defenders at this level.

"He's a big boy, he has got all the physical attributes. Technically he is very good.

"Kyle didn't play a lot of football last year. And we're just bringing him up to speed.

"He missed a couple of weeks in pre-season, which we need to get into him as well.

"But I said to Kyle last week when I left him out that he is still going to be one of the main central defenders in the Championship this year."

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