American Exports: Spector injury in playoff exit not serious

Jonathan Spector of Birmingham City

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AMSTERDAM — According to the club, the injury suffered by Birmingham City handyman Jonathan Spector during Wednesday night's semifinal playoff loss to Blackpool was a minor quadriceps strain that should not keep him out for long.

The US international was removed just before halftime of a 2-2 home draw that wasn’t good enough for Birmingham to reach the playoff final at Wembley, against Spector’s old club West Ham, after losing 3-2 on aggregate to Blackpool. The Blues initially feared it was a setback related to the thigh injury that has recently kept Spector out of the lineup for a few weeks. A Thursday exam, however, showed otherwise.

"I’m told that Jonathan’s injury was a minor quad injury, unrelated to his original injury," Birmingham City press officer Andy Walker told MLSsoccer.com. "Nothing serious, and with a good bout of rest, he’ll be fine."

In his first season at St. Andrews, Spector started 32 of his 33 Championship matches and all eight of his Europa League appearances. Including domestic cup competitions, the Chicago-area native worked a career-high 46 games on the campaign.