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By ESPN Staff

Dunn sidelined with hamstring strain

Birmingham midfielder David Dunn is facing at least three weeks out with a tear to his hamstring.

The former Blackburn player has been dogged by the problem in recent weeks and had to be substituted during the second half of last weekend's FA Cup clash with Wimbledon.

Birmingham manager Steve Bruce said: 'The scan has revealed that Dunny has torn fibres in the hamstring. The injury is worse than we thought it was initially. He will be out of action for at least three weeks.

'The one thing that hacks a player right off is injuries and David has every right to be down in the dumps.'

Dunn admitted: 'Hamstrings are horrible things and it came on again during last Saturday's game and is a bit frustrating. I trained a couple of days before the game and it felt fine. I felt fine in the first half and then after half-time I felt something in there which wasn't right.

'I've had it for the past month and I'm now going to work hard with the physios to try and put things right.'

Blues midfielder Stephen Clemence is also 10 days away from being fit to return from a calf muscle injury. But the good news for Bruce is that striker Christophe Dugarry is back in full training after his season-long knee problems.

An operation in August failed to cure the problem and Dugarry underwent a course of six injections in December which seem to have done the trick for the former World Cup winner.

Bruce said: 'If he had not been suspended, then Christophe would have been available for the Newcastle game this weekend. He has trained with the fitness guys for the last 10 days and has done really well.

'Touch wood he is pain free and it will almost be like having a new player at our disposal when he returns.'