Sam positive over Dunn fitness
Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce hopes that David Dunn will recover from his injury soon.
Last Updated: 15/08/10 1:42pm
Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce has spoken of his hope that David Dunn will recover from his injury sooner rather than later.
The 30-year-old picked up a groin strain just nine minutes into Rovers' opening match of the season against Everton at Ewood Park and was substituted.
Dunn was once hailed as one of England's most promising talents when he was younger, but his career has been blighted by injuries, despite appearing to finally be over the burden by playing a key role last season.
The extent of his injuries are as yet unknown, but Allardyce admitted he was positive that the knock will not be too serious.
"David has done everything possible this summer, playing in every single pre-season game and joining in every training session," said Allardyce.
"He was our leading goalscorer last season and we have never seen him as fit as he is now.
"Then lo and behold he feels his groin in the first five or 10 minutes. We are so disappointed for him but we do not think it is too bad and he will be back soon."
Allardyce also hailed the contribution of striker Nikola Kalinic, who scored Rovers' winner in their 1-0 victory and was hoping there was more to come from the Croatia international.
"It was a great piece of ability by Kalinic and maybe overshadowed by Tim Howard's mistake," Allardyce added.
"To capitalise on it fully with a really good swivel and finish was obviously why we bought him.
"It gives him huge confidence to score more goals in the Premier League. I think he will, providing we can give him the opportunity to do so."