Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett is happy with the progress being made by Ghanaian youngster Koby Arthur in his long road to recovery.

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The 19-year-old is nearing a return to full fitness having been on the sidelines for over a year.

Arthur’s several attempts to make a complete return has been hit with several setbacks with muscle injuries, forcing the club to reinforce with new signings in his position.

But manager Gary Rowett has revealed his young attacker is making significant progress and should be back playing at his best soon.

“Koby is responding quite well to treatment as well so he’s not going to be a million miles away,” Rowett said.

“Koby pulled his quad. He did earlier on in the season. It wasn’t a horrendously bad pull but because it is a recurring injury we felt there was a need to really strengthen that area.

“Sometimes as well when someone is not played that much in the first team you can afford to be a little bit more cautious with them and as a young player as well we certainly don’t want it to occur again.

“Because then you start having a problem if the same thing happens.

“Certainly with him we want to get him back and make sure he’s alright.

“At the start of the season Koby started very positively. He ended up missing the pre-season trip for different reasons and that probably set him back somewhat this season.

“Perhaps at this point he hasn’t quite managed to get back on track to where he was last year. I’m still expecting a little bit more.”

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