Birmingham's De Ridder considers exit

Birmingham winger Daniel de Ridder admits he may have to consider his future after becoming "frustrated" at his lack of first-team outings.

The Holland Under-21 international, signed on a free transfer from Celta Vigo last summer, has not featured for Alex McLeish's side since the FA Cup clash with Huddersfield in early January.

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He said: "When Alex McLeish came in, I played in his first game at Tottenham and we won and I thought I did well. I have watched the tape back and I was described as one of Birmingham's most dangerous players.

"Then I came on at Manchester United along with Mikael Forssell and I thought we made a difference and changed the game. But everything has altered for me 180 degrees and I am frustrated I am not involved in the squad.

"Sebastian Larsson has done very well but, although I am not the same sort of player, I believe I can still add something to the team even if it is making an impact as a substitute or on the left side.

"It is frustrating because I like the club, the city and the fans and I hope we can stay in the Premier League. But I also have to think about my own career if I am not playing."

As regards the perception that he is injury-prone, De Ridder insisted: "I want to make it clear I have only had two injuries since coming here.

"I got a kick on the leg in the opening game at Chelsea which kept me out for six weeks and a hamstring strain in a reserve game in early April which kept me out for 10 days.

"Apart from that, there has been nothing. I am training hard and would love to be involved - but it is the manager's decision."

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