Blackburn Rovers: Paul Robinson did not consider retiring

Paul Robinson

Blackburn goalkeeper Paul Robinson says retirement did not cross his mind after making his first competitive start in 13 months against Manchester City.

The ex-England keeper, 34, had been out with a blood clot on his lung but returned to action in the FA Cup.

"I never thought I wouldn't get back," he told BBC Radio Lancashire after his side's 1-1 draw in the third round.

"I was chucked in at the deep end but there is no better way. It is something I have waited for for a long time."

Spanish striker Alvaro Negredo gave last season's finalists the lead on the stroke of half-time, but Scott Dann deservedly earned a replay for Gary Bowyer's men.

Former Leeds and Tottenham shot-stopper Robinson last played for Rovers in a 4-1 home defeat by Cardiff in December 2012.

He subsequently fell out of favour under former boss Henning Berg, and then suffered complications following a back operation.

Having won 41 caps for his country, the experienced goalkeeper says he "feels good" after a long recovery period and is happy with how Rovers have performed this season.

"I have been working very hard the last three or four months," Robinson explained. "It has been a very indifferent 12 to 14 months for me. To get back out on the field is a result of a lot of hard work and a lot of patience.

"With the respiratory problems that I had I couldn't run, so after I came off the morphine tablets it was a long road to get fit again.

"I never thought about retiring and there is still a good while left in me yet.

"12 to 18 months ago, if we had gone 1-0 down to Manchester City it would have been three or four, whereas now with the players we have got the club is starting to turn a corner."

Manager Bowyer was also pleased to see Robinson, who is battling for the number one jersey with Simon Eastwood and Jake Kean, return to action.

"We have competition in the goalkeeping spot now," Bowyer said. "Robbo has come in and done very well. He needs to keep working hard - he is not totally there yet."

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