Derbyshire debut hopes dashed
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Matt Derbyshire's hopes of making his England Under 21s debut have been dashed.
Matt Derbyshire's hopes of making his bow for England Under-21s have been dashed by injury.
The in-form Blackburn striker suffered a thigh strain in Rovers' 2-1 win over Sheffield United on Saturday.
Derbyshire had been called into Stuart Pearce's first squad as Under-21s boss to face Spain at Pride Park on Tuesday.
But Mark Hughes revealed after Saturday's match that he does not expect the 20-year-old to play again for another two to three weeks.
England boss Pearce must also do without Wigan full-back Leighton Baines and Middlesbrough midfielder Lee Cattermole through injury, while Birmingham striker Cameron Jerome has been drafted into the squad.
Happier news for Rovers manager Hughes was the playing return of David Dunn.
Dunn made his first appearance since rejoining the club two weeks ago and, although he looked short of match practice, was instrumental in the build up to Rovers' stoppage-time winner.
"David came on a little bit sooner than I had anticipated because I was thinking we might be able to get a few goals to the good and maybe ease him back in towards the end of the game," said Hughes.
"But I had to throw him on to try and gain some momentum and get the crowd behind us, and he created something out of nothing for the free-kick. He has had an immediate impact for us and will continue to do that.
"This is David's club and he was desperate to come back and we are delighted that he is here. He is fit and well and looking strong, and he is really going to help us move forward in the long term."