Rovers keeper Robinson sidelined for two weeks

September 26, 2008
By Soccernet staff

Blackburn Rover's goalkeeper Paul Robinson is a doubt for England's World Cup qualifying game against Kazakhstan on October 11 after picking up an injury in the Carling Cup.

Paul Robinson
GettyImages / AlexLiveseyPaul Robinson: Will miss two Premier League fixtures and an England international.
The 28-year-old has been ruled out for two weeks by his club because of a calf injury sustained in the first half of the midweek defeat of Everton.

It means he is unlikely to figure in the Wembley clash on October 11 - and also calls into question his availability for the match in Belarus four days later.

It is a big blow for England coach Fabio Capello, who recalled Robinson to the squad for last month's World Cup qualifying double header and has seen his regular number one David James concede ten goals in his past two games for Portsmouth.

Blackburn boss Ince has also expressed his disappointment at Robinson's enforced absence.

He said: "Paul was fantastic against Fulham (last Saturday) and made some world class saves.

"He is a man's man and wants to prove a point. So when he came off so early in the game (on Wednesday) you knew something wasn't right. He would not come off for no reason."

Welsh international keeper Jason Brown is expected to replace Robinson for matches against Newcastle and Manchester United.