Allardyce still absent

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Sam Allardyce will miss Blackburn's Carling Cup quarter-final against Chelsea on Wednesday, assistant manager Neil McDonald has confirmed.

Allardyce, who has been absent for the team's last three games, underwent heart surgery last week and is recovering at home. It was initially hoped he would return to the dugout for the cup tie at Ewood Park, but Allardyce is now not expected back at work until Friday, a day before Rovers host Liverpool in the Barclays Premier League.

"He is at home, he's convalescing and hopefully he will be back in work on Friday," said McDonald, who will continue to stand in for the former Bolton and Newcastle boss.

Asked whether it had been optimistic to expect Allardyce back early this week, McDonald said: "It probably was, yes, but all you can do is take the medical advice.

"He has got through the procedure which is really good and he sounds in fantastic spirits. He can't wait to get back and hopefully Friday will be his first day back."

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