Dunn targets derby game
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Birmingham midfielder David Dunn is aiming to make his comeback against Aston Villa.Birmingham City midfielder David Dunn is aiming to make his long-awaited comeback against Aston Villa.
Dunn has not played for Blues since the victory over Middlesbrough on Boxing Day last year, as he looks to rid himself of a persistent hamstring injury.
He has already been forced to skip a couple of intended appearances in the reserves but hopes to play for the second string next week.
If Dunn comes through that match unscathed, the 25-year-old wants to play in the derby against Villa on October 16.
"I'm going to play a reserve game next week, I think that's at Everton, and hopefully I will be in contention for the Villa game," Dunn told Sky Sports News.
"Hopefully, I've done everything I need to do to get back playing.
"There is only so much running you can do, then you need games really. Hopefully, I'll be on the bench against Villa."
Since moving to St Andrews from Blackburn Rovers in the summer of 2003, Dunn has played in less than half of the club's games.
He acknowledges it has been a struggle and Dunn is determined to rediscover the form which prompted an England call-up, as he wants to repay Blues manager Steve Bruce.
Dunn added: "Through everything, the boss has been there for me and that's another reason why I want to come back.
"Results haven't been too good recently. Hopefully, I can come back and repay some of the faith he's (Bruce) shown in me and the way he's stood by me and start repaying him on the pitch."