Club Focus – Blackburn Rovers – Dunn itching for Rovers return against Sunderland

Blackburn Rovers may have tasted defeat in their last Premier League outing against Stoke; however news of the possible return of midfield maestro David Dunn after the international break will bring some much-needed optimism around Ewood Park.

Dunn, 30, finished as Rovers’ top scorer last campaign, as he managed to bag nine league goals, despite being hit with various injuries. His fitness problems have continued into this season, with the local hero yet to complete even half a game worth of competitive football for the Lancashire side.

Dunn’s creativity has been sorely missed by Rovers so far this campaign. Although Big Sam’s side have managed to score in every Premiership game so far apart from against Stoke, Blackburn still look desperately short up front and lack imagination in midfield. David Dunn would provide the magic and make things tick, whilst almost certainly getting his name on the score sheet in the process.

The talismanic attack-minded player is ready to make himself available for the visit of Sunderland in a fortnight, however, Sam Allardyce must consider the risk of rushing back his best performer. For a footballer who has faced constant injury problems over the past few years, it would seem sensible to leave Dunn out against the Black Cats and instead prepare him for the bigger games ahead, with fixtures against Liverpool and Chelsea edging closer.

Dunn will of course try to prove his fitness over the international break. Meanwhile, the break also represents an opportunity for some staff to be given time off, says Allardyce.

Speaking of the break, Big Sam said: “For me, it is about allowing some of my staff, not just the players, to take three or four days off to recharge their batteries. They have all been working hard since June 18 making sure we were as best prepared as possible. Take a break now because after this it is a very hectic period of November and December.”

One would imagine Allardyce and his staff will return fired up, looking to achieve a second consecutive top half finish in the Premier League, which would be a magnificent achievement considering the lack of funds available to the manager.

Blackburn may not be financially secure anytime soon either, according to local press. Serious doubts are growing over Ahsan Ali Syed’s bid to purchase the club, with the Indian tycoon unable to strike a deal so far. Although the businessman has a period of exclusivity agreement with the club, in which he has the first opportunity to make an offer, a proposed takeover is not heading any closer. Therefore, the sellers are now also assessing other options available to them.

Another Indian businessman, Saurin Shah, is also thought to be interested in purchasing the club, but he is waiting for Syed’s plans to fall through first. There has been much speculation about the source of Syed’s funds; however his representatives insist their bid remains on track. Only time will tell whether Syed is able to clinch the deal to purchase Blackburn Rovers.

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