Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By JOHN PERCY

RICHARD DUNNE is head­ing for a touchdown with NFL gi­ants Cleve­land Browns in a bid to save his Euro 2012 dream. As­ton Villa de­fender Dunne (left) will jet out to the States and have treat­ment with the Browns as he re­cov­ers from a bro­ken col­lar­bone.

The Browns – owned by Villa chair­man Randy Lerner – have agreed to treat the Ire­land cen­tre-half.

Dunne, 32, has been out of ac­tion since a bad fall in Fe­bru­ary against for­mer club Manch­ester City and is fac­ing a race against time to be fit for Giovanni Tra­p­at­toni’s Euro mis­sion this sum­mer.

Villa boss Alex Mcleish will al­low Dunne to fly out and con­tinue his re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion in the hope of get­ting him fit for the Premier League run-in.

Dunne said: “I’ll be go­ing to Cleve­land for about a week to see the Browns’ staff there.

“The man­ager, the doc­tor and the fit­ness coach went over to Cleve­land and the con­nec­tion be­tween the two teams is strong be­cause of the chair­man.

“Be­cause of the na­ture of Amer­i­can foot­ball, the Browns have a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence in deal­ing with the kind of in­jury I suf­fered, so any help I can get will be much ap­pre­ci­ated.

“It will also be a great ex­pe­ri­ence and a change of scenery for a week or so, which is im­por­tant.

“It’s good to just change the en­vi­ron­ment and I’m look­ing for­ward to it. I think it will be a good week.”

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