Birmingham City's Keith Fahey given compassionate leave

Keith Fahey

Birmingham City and Republic of Ireland midfielder Keith Fahey has returned to his native country on compassionate leave for an indefinite period.

The news follows the 29-year-old's withdrawal from the Ireland side to face Greece on Wednesday.

And Birmingham confirmed on Twitter:external-link "Blues midfielder Keith Fahey has returned to Ireland for the time being on indefinite compassionate leave."

Since joining in 2009, Fahey has made 142 appearances for Blues.

The one-time Aston Villa youngster has also played for St Patrick's Athletic and Drogheda in the League of Ireland.