Allardyce discharged as Rovers draw

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Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce was discharged from hospital after undergoing treatment for a heart complaint, his assistant Neil McDonald confirmed on Saturday night.

Allardyce, 55, underwent an angioplasty, a procedure to correct narrowing to one branch of his coronary arteries on Saturday. He was recovering at home while his side drew 0-0 against Stoke at Ewood Park.

McDonald said: "I believe Sam was discharged on Saturday afternoon and I imagine he is resting at home. I am told he is on schedule for next week as expected and hopefully we will see him then."

Even though Steven Nzonzi hit the post with a shot, Blackburn looked jaded after the defeat by Fulham at Craven Cottage in midweek.

Goalkeeper Paul Robinson showed England form by first denying Dean Whitehead and then making a superb block from Liam Lawrence.

McDonald said: "Paul worked hard in the summer and since Sam came here. He deserves every credit and made a couple a great saves.

"Mind you I cannot remember him making one in the second half as we worked their goalkeeper a lot more. Paul is doing everything we have asked him to do. He is happy with his form but knows he can do better on certain things.

"If he gets called up (for England) then so be it. But at least he is in good form for us."

The result ended a run of four successive home wins in the league and McDonald added: "It was a hard fought game and a draw was a fair result. We almost pinched it in the end but Stoke play to their strengths and are good defensively among other things."

Midfielder David Dunn could be struggling to face Chelsea as the the club's six-goal top scorer limped off with a tight calf.

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