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Paul Robinson has said that finger injuries are “part and parcel” of the job for a goalkeeper and claimed that Kiko Casilla will be fine to play against Middlesbrough unless he needs an operation – even if he has broken any fingers.
Casilla picked up the injury at half-time in the 1-0 win against Reading on Saturday but played on despite Illan Meslier warming up.
He made a critical save at the end of the game to secure the points for his team but was spotted in a hand brace after the game.
Am I right in thinking Kiko has broken 2 fingers in his hand? pic.twitter.com/PvTRyip3W2
— Lboro White (@LeeDriver71) February 23, 2020
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News Robinson has said finger injuries don’t tend to keep goalkeepers out, and the fact he played on afterwards suggests it’s not serious.
“This is part and parcel of the job,” said Robinson, “you want to see the state of my hands.
“It won’t be his first injury like this and it won’t be his last. If his hands are anything like mine his fingers will be liked crooked broomsticks.
“Finger injuries don’t generally keep keepers out unless they’re broken, and even then you can just strap them up, have an injection and keep playing.
“I don’t think it will keep him out unless it’s a bad fracture and it needs an operation.
“Generally, injuries like this aren’t a hindrance playing, they’re more of a hindrance in training.
“You rest your hand and you’re not getting battered by hundreds of balls during the week.”
Casilla has kept two clean sheets in the past two games and Marcelo Bielsa has kept faith with him all season, through his ups and downs.
Casilla is also waiting for the outcome of his FA hearing into alleged racist abuse and could face a lengthy ban if he’s found guilty.
That’s more likely to be the reason for him missing games, but even if the verdict comes back as guilty he would have the right to appeal.
It all points to Casilla lining up at the Riverside on Wednesday night.
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