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 RiiseÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s free-kick in Manchester UnitedÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 EnglandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Alan Smith.
"It wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t a bad tackle, just a freak incident, there was no-one even close to him. It just shows you never know whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s around the corner in this game."
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Paul Robinson is backing his friend and former team-mate Alan Smith to recover from the horrific injury he sustained at the weekend.