Birchall Joins Brighton & Hove Albion
The Trinidad & Tobago international had his contract at City cancelled so he could get a trial at the Withdean Stadium and has not joined Micky Adams side until May when he will go to America to play for San Jose.
George Boateng is out for up to three months. The Hull midfielder, signed by City from Feyenoord has damaged medial ligaments.
Notts County expect Gavin Strachan to be out for a month with a hamstring injury.
Tottenham are the latest club interest in Craig Bellamy. Manchester City have had three bids rejected for the striker and this morning, Spurs are reported as being interested in the Welshman.