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Robinson faces season-ending operation
11:47am Friday 22nd March 2013 in Football
PAUL Robinson looks to have played his last game for Blackburn Rovers, after being pencilled in for a back operation next week.
The goalkeeper has not played since the 4-1 home defeat to Cardiff on December 7.
He was replaced by Jake Kean in the following fixture at Blackpool, and has not been in the 18-man squad at all since that Lancashire derby.
Surgery will rule the former England international out for the rest of the season, by which time the 33-year-old’s contract will have expired.
Robinson signed a five-year deal in the summer of 2008 under Paul Ince.
He was on the verge of leaving for West Ham as part of a swap deal with Stephen Henderson on transfer deadline day in January, but the chance to be reunited with former Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce fell through.
With Rovers now four points off the drop zone and facing a fight to stay in the Championship, rather than the promotion push they would have hoped for in their first season out of the Premier League, the club would be looking to trim wages.
With Robinson one of the club’s top earners there will be no attempt to persuade the former Leeds and Spurs stopper to stay.