David Dunn has a vital part to play in Blackburn Rovers' season, according to boss Sam Allardyce.
The former Newcastle United and Bolton Wanderers manager has set Dunn a target of playing in two-thirds of the club's matches this season after enduring several injury-ravaged campaigns.
The 30-year-old featured in only 17 matches last term but finally appeared to have shaken off his injury woes when he started Saturday's goalless draw with West Ham United.
Allardyce said of the former Birmingham City star:"You have to try to get Dunn fit for 25-30 games. That's been the unfortunate situation for David over the last couple of years.
"I didn't expect I'd leave him on for 90 minutes against West Ham with him having played 60 minutes at Gillingham.
"But I was glad to say I thought David got better as the game went on. He was popping up with the ball more and more."