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Last Updated: Monday, 7 April, 2003, 10:34 GMT 11:34 UK
Miller forced to retire
Blackburn goalkeeper Alan Miller
Miller was keen to avoid another back operation

Blackburn goalkeeper Alan Miller has been forced to retire on medical advice at the age of 33.

Miller has fought an unsuccessful battle against a back injury and gave up the fight to avoid the necessity for surgery.

Former Middlesbrough and West Brom keeper Miller said: "When I got the injury I knew it was quite serious.

"I went for a scan and it showed up quite a few problems.

"I had an operation on my back about 10 or 11 years ago and that went well, bt this was in the same area and when I knew that, I didn't want it operating on again.

"I've no real choice but to call it a day, which is very sad.

"But it happens to a lot of players and you've just got to try and stay positive about it," Miller told Blackburn's official website.

Miller made just two first-team appearances since signing from West Brom three years ago.

He is the second Blackburn player to retire within a month following Stig Inge Bjornebye's decision to hang up his boots.


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