Pablo Ibanez has insisted he is ready, willing and able to underpin Blues’ promotion bid through the play-offs.
The Spaniard has stepped into the defensive breach due to Steven Caldwell’s season-ending injury.
Pablo made his first Championship start since Boxing Day at Brighton & Hove Albion alongside Curtis Davies.
And without fuss or fanfare, he put in the usual kind of subtle and efficient display.
“It’s unlucky for Stevie, he has had a big season,” Pablo said.
“But I am ready, I am ready to play and I want to do my best and help Birmingham, as I have always tried to do.
“It has been a very tough season for everyone. We have had a lot of games and personally I have had to wait.
“But I am looking forward to these next few weeks and doing what I must for the team.
“All the guys are very good here. The spirit is very good. We have a lot of quality and we have experienced players.
“The four teams in the play-offs will be strong. But I have confidence in our team and I know we will do the best possible thing we can.”
Pablo has made 14 starts this campaign, eight in the Europa League and domestic cups. When Blues really came to life in October with a six-game winning streak, he started the first four of those matches alongside Caldwell as Davies was injured.
He had to come out of the team after the horrific KO at Club Brugge. Medical advice dictated that he missed Blues’ next fixture, a 2-0 win at Bristol City – and the Caldwell-Davies partnership never looked back thereafter.
For someone who played in the 2006 World Cup finals, Pablo’s pedigree is often undervalued. A quite, unassuming personality, it doesn’t bother him.