Blackburn Rovers manager Gary Bowyer has urged Paul Robinson to keep on training and working hard.
The former Leeds United and Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper has found himself marginalised in recent weeks, having made seven starts in the Championship at the start of the season.
During those matches, ex-England international Robinson made an average of 3.71 saves per game and conceded 14 goals in total.
Robinson now seems to have lost his place in Blackburn starting line-up, and there have been suggestions that the 35-year-old could leave in January as his current contract with Rovers runs out at the end of the season.
Bowyer, though, wants the veteran custodian to remain committed to the team and is quoted as saying by the Lancashire Telegraph: “For any player contracted to the club, and Robbo’s contract is until the end of the season, then it’s not over. Those conversations haven’t taken place and no-one has said that to him.
"It’s competition, healthy competition, everybody has to take that competition on and Robbo’s no different to that.
“I can understand his disappointment and frustration but everybody just has to get on with it. That’s what the message has been to everyone.
“We’ve got a group here who are all desperate to play but unfortunately you can only pick 11 to start.”
One can understand why Robinson wants to leave. He is 35 years of age and is playing for a Championship outfit who may or may not gain promotion to the Premier League.
At this stage in his career, Robinson would want to play regularly, but he must also respect the decision of Bowyer.
If Robinson trains hard and regains the confident of the Blackburn boss, then he could reclaim his place in the team.