Sam Allardyce set to hand striker Nikola Kalinic his Blackburn debut

17 August 2009 03:42
New Blackburn striker Nikola Kalinic is set to make his debut in next week's Carling Cup second round tie at Gillingham. The Croatian is today training with his team-mates for the first time after securing a work permit and visa and manager Sam Allardyce is keen to get him up to speed after the former Hadjuk Split forward missed most of pre-season. However, the 21-year-old will not be rushed into Barclays Premier League action and the Rovers boss plans to give him a run-out against the League One side a week tomorrow. 'Kalinic will probably play at Gillingham at the earliest," Allardyce told the Lancashire Telegraph. We will have a look at him and bring him on slowly.'

Source: Daily_Mail