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Paul Robinson's England World Cup hopes hit by injury

Paul Robinson
Paul Robinson will be out for a month

Blackburn goalkeeper Paul Robinson will be out of action for up to a month after tearing a calf muscle against former club Tottenham on Saturday.

It is a major setback to Robinson's hopes of forcing his way into England boss Fabio Capello's World Cup squad.

Robinson, 30, pulled up midway through the match at White Hart Lane, which Blackburn lost 3-1.

Rovers manager Sam Allardyce said: "It looks like we will be without Paul for up to four weeks."

Robinson's team-mate Christopher Samba told the Lancashire Telegraph: "I hope Paul is not out for too long. The World Cup is coming and he has to defend his chances. I hope he recovers quickly.

"We all want to see him back for us and for England. Of course he still has a chance. I think he definitely deserves his place for the World Cup for England. Hopefully he can come back fit and show that."


Robinson moved to Blackburn from Tottenham for £3.5m in July 2008.

The Yorkshireman has 41 England caps, but in international terms has yet to fully recover from an unfortunate error during England's miserable defeat against Croatia during their Euro 2008 qualifier in Zagreb, when he allowed Gary Neville's back-pass to bobble over his foot as he attempted to kick clear.

However, his form this season has been good enough for him to be considered to have a serious chance of forcing his way into Capello's squad for South Africa.

Robinson, who began his career with Leeds United, has not appeared for England since October 2007.

But he has been one of the most consistent performers in the Premier League this season, keeping seven clean sheets for Rovers.

Capello has favoured Portsmouth's David James, West Ham United's Robert Green, and Joe Hart, who is on loan from Manchester City at Birmingham City, ahead of Robinson.

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Robinson vows to win England spot
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