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SYMPATHY FOR SMITH

Posted on 22 February 2006  - 12:00

Paul Robinson is backing his friend and former team-mate Alan Smith to recover from the horrific injury he sustained at the weekend.

Paul Robinson is backing his friend and former team-mate Alan Smith to recover from the horrific injury he sustained at the weekend.

The England international has undergone successful surgery this week after breaking his left leg and dislocating his ankle as he tried to charge down John Arne Riise’s free-kick in Manchester United’s FA Cup loss at Liverpool.

The pair progressed through the system together at Leeds United and both played at Elland Road between 1997-2004. Leeds were relegated at the end of the 2003-04 campaign when England’s number one joined us and Smith switched to Old Trafford.

"My heart went out to Alan and no-one likes to see an injury like that in football, no matter who it is," said Robbo at Spurs Lodge this week.

"Obviously it hits a bit harder when it is one of your close friends.

"Myself and everyone here wish him well and as I said straight away, if anyone can come back from something like that, it’s Alan Smith.

"It wasn’t a bad tackle, just a freak incident, there was no-one even close to him. It just shows you never know what’s around the corner in this game."

This is an extract from Paul's regular 'Robbo's Diary' - an exclusive feature on our Spurs Lodge website for Members and Season Ticket Holders. We'll have the diary in full in Spurs Lodge on Friday...

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