Robinson steps up return from injury

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BLACKBURN Rovers goalkeeper Paul Robinson has taken a step closer toward a first-team return by playing his first game since recovering from the illness that threatened his life.

Nine months after being diagnosed with a blood clot on his lung the former England number one was part of a Rovers team that took on Carlisle United in a behind-closed-doors clash on Tuesday.

Robinson could not prevent Carlisle from running out 1-0 winners at Brockhall.

But his performance impressed watching Rovers coaches.

The 34-year-old has spent the last six weeks being put through his paces by goalkeeping coach John Keeley in a specially designed pre-season programme put together by the club’s head of sports science Chris Neville.

Robinson, who has not played a competitive match for Rovers since December last year, returned to first-team training last week.

Meanwhile, Rovers’ FA Cup third-round tie at home to last season’s beaten finalists Manchester City is to be televised live on BT Sport.

The clash will take place on Saturday, January 4, and kick-off at 12.45pm.

The FA’s live broadcast fee in the third round is £144,000 per club.

The team which progresses to the fourth round will be awarded £67,500 in prize money.

Rovers won 2-0 at home to City, thanks to goals from Aaron Mokoena and Matt Derbyshire, the last time the sides met in the FA Cup in the 2006-07 quarter-finals.

Rovers were then knocked-out of the semi-finals by eventual winners Chelsea.

City lost last year’s final to Wigan Athletic.

The Ewood Park encounter will kick-start the FA Cup third-round weekend.

BT Sport will also show Derby County v Chelsea (2.15pm) and Manchester United v Swansea City (4.30pm) on Sunday, January 5.

ITV will broadcast the north London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham on the Saturday, (5.15pm) and Nottingham Forest v West Ham United on Sunday, (noon).

Rovers have yet to release ticket details for the showdown with fellow former Premier League winners City.

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2:43pm Thu 12 Dec 13

razwoods78 says...

Great news - Kean is not face to lace your boots Robbo!!!
Great news - Kean is not face to lace your boots Robbo!!! razwoods78

2:43pm Thu 12 Dec 13

razwoods78 says...

Or should I say fit to lace his boots!
Or should I say fit to lace his boots! razwoods78

3:00pm Thu 12 Dec 13

A Rover 45 years and over says...

They said they would take time with Robbo and not play him before he was really fit and ready. You can bet they will push him hard now with Kean loosing form. But need to give Eastam his chance first.
They said they would take time with Robbo and not play him before he was really fit and ready. You can bet they will push him hard now with Kean loosing form. But need to give Eastam his chance first. A Rover 45 years and over

4:16pm Thu 12 Dec 13

A Darener says...

Ease him in in the cup match. Eastwood can have a run to prove himself before then.
Ease him in in the cup match. Eastwood can have a run to prove himself before then. A Darener

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