EX-TOWN goalkeeper Nico Vaesen must be fearing his red card at Manchester City could kaibosh his chances of staying at Birmingham.
The 36-year-old Belgian, who is out of contract in the summer, had played five successive games since winning back his place from Maik Taylor.
But his dismissal for two bookable offences on Saturday, when former Town chief Steve Bruce's struggling Brum side lost 4-1 to be left second-bottom of the Premiership, means he is banned for tonight's Carling Cup quarter-final at home to Manchester United.
That will let former Fulham stopper Taylor back in.
"I love the area and I love Birmingham City," said Vaesen, who played for Town between 1998 and 2001.
"Hopefully I will find out soon whether they are taking up the option of a further year on my contract.
"First and foremost I would like to help this club stay in the Premier League."
Vaesen damaged knee ligaments playing against Aston Villa towards the end of the 2002-03 season.
He had to wait more than two years to displace Taylor.
Third-choice goalkeeper Colin Doyle is recalled to the bench from a Millwall loan spell for tonight's clash.
But Muzzy Izzet (hamstring) and Mario Melchiot (thigh) are still sidelined.
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson will check on the fitness of striker Louis Saha and midfielder Alan Smith.
Both missed Saturday's 2-1 win over Aston Villa through illness and Ferguson will want to be sure they are 100% fit before he selects them again.