Dunn targets Arsenal return

Midfielder knows Blackburn are not safe

Dunn: Back to fitness

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David Dunn is confident of being fit to play a full part in the run-in after seeing Blackburn slide down the Premier League table in his absence.

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The midfielder has missed the last three matches with a hip problem and concedes it has been a difficult period.

However, he is making good progress and hopes to be fit to return at Arsenal a week on Saturday.

"I am coming on really well. I am back running and everything seems okay so I am ready to push on next week and be available for selection at Arsenal," said Dunn.

"It has been a little but frustrating being on the sidelines.

"The injury record has been good and I've not missed too many games but a bad tear in my hip has kept me out the last couple of weeks.

"I am looking forward to playing a part in retaining our status in the Premier League."

Dunn has also told his Blackburn team-mates not to take anything for granted as the battle to avoid relegation intensifies.

Rovers did not seem to be in any danger of the drop at the halfway point of the campaign, having occupied seventh place just a couple of months ago.

However, a run of six games without a win, together with the better form of teams lower down the standings, has seen them dragged into the scrap for survival.

Competitive

Blackburn are currently just a point outside the bottom three and have a tricky run-in with Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United to play in their remaining eight matches.

Dunn is wary of the threat facing Steve Kean's men and is hoping for an upturn in fortunes over the next few weeks to avoid a nervous afternoon on the final day of the season.

"It is such a competitive league, arguably one of the best in the world," said the midfielder.

"It would be a bit silly to go out there thinking it is cut and dried and we are safe.

"It is obviously difficult, as it is for a number of other clubs down there.

"It is tight but that is what makes it special and we just need a few more wins to get us out of that.

"I think the Premier League is getting more physically challenging every year, more competitive, and that is the way it is going to go - certainly for the clubs outside the top six.

"I wouldn't like to go to Wolves needing a win at the end of the season and we have two very big games in Birmingham and Bolton at home and those are games we are going to be looking to do our best in.

"We have just got to make sure we concentrate on our job and if we do that I am sure we will be fine."

Experience

Dunn can draw on the experience of two seasons ago when Rovers found themselves in a similar position but managed to stay up, and he is looking to help some of the younger squad members who are feeling the pressure for the first time.

"Every season seems to be getting more difficult and it is a different experience all the time," he said.

"The senior players who have been through it before know what it is about and we know what we need to do.

"We can try to do our best but it is important for the young lads to take it in their stride as well.

"It is a valuable experience for them because I don't suppose they will want to be in a relegation fight too may times after they have been in one."

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