Dann adds to Blackburn's injury crisis
Defender Scott Dann has added to Blackburn Rovers' injury crisis after he was ruled out for six weeks following emergency surgery on a ruptured testicle.
With French full-back Gael Givet due to undergo heart surgery on Thursday after suffering palpitations during their defeat at Sunderland, Dann's absence is another major blow for manager Steve Kean.
Dann (below), a £6m signing from Birmingham City in August, is understood to have sustained the injury while scoring Blackburn's goal in the 2-1 defeat by West Brom last Saturday.
The 24-year-old, who continued to play despite being in great discomfort during the closing stages of the game, drove home afterwards but was then rushed to hospital following dramatic swelling in the injured testicle and he had emergency surgery within minutes of arriving.
Kean said: "Our physio (Dave Fevre) cannot believe it. He has two players (Dann and Givet) out with problems he has never come across before in all his years of experience."
Rovers are hopeful that Givet will be able to return quickly if all goes well during the heart procedure.
Kean said: "Givet needs heart surgery as he was suffering with 300 (heart) beats a minute. He was in training on Sunday and seems quite well in himself, but it's something we have to take very seriously when his heart rate creeps up to close to 300 beats a minute.
"He had it (the heart problem) once before when he was in France and he was okay one or two games later. He also had it in training here about 18 months ago.
"But it has now moved to a different chamber of the heart, so he needs surgery to make sure it's okay."