Fresh blow for Dunn

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Luckless Birmingham City midfielder David Dunn has picked up a fresh injury.

After making his long-awaited return in the Midlands derby defeat to Aston Villa last weekend, the former Blackburn Rovers man misses out on facing his former club at Ewood Park on Saturday.

Blues boss Steve Bruce has confirmed that Dunn has picked up a calf strain in training and faces more frustration in his bid to make an impression this term.

"We've been without our big players for too long," complained Bruce to Sky Sports News. "It's a good job we've had the squad to cope with that in the way we've had to cope with it.

"If I'd had said to you two or three years ago for Mikael Forssell, Paul Dunn, Muzzy Izzet and Stan Lazaridis to be out for eight and ten months, we wouldn't have been able to cope with that. We have done, though, just managed to.

"It was ideal to have 'Dunny' coming back but he nicked a calf and is going to be [out for] another two to three weeks."

Bruce expects a tough examination from former Manchester United team-mate Mark Hughes's Blackburn.

"The one thing they've got is terrific work-rate," he enthused. "They epitomise the manager and how he played.

"Anyone knows going to Blackburn, it's going to be a difficult game but I'm sure I've got 11 [committed] players too so they know they're going to get a difficult game as well.

"You never really fear anybody but you have a respect."

Dunn injected some life into Birmingham's display last Sunday and he would have been involved against Rovers.