Is this the end of the road for Paul Robinson?

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Birmingham City skipper Paul Robinson has been left out of the last two home games - should he fear for his future?

Birmingham City skipper Paul Robinson has been left out of the Blues' last two home games by Gary Rowett, being replaced by Wigan loanee Rob Kiernan.

The former Bolton man has played nearly every game this season but at 36 his legs are not as young as they once were and Rowett has rested him following the team letting in eight goals in two away games.

Robinson's leadership qualities and experience have ensured he has kept his place in the past, but as time has gone on it has become harder for him to keep up with the pace of the Championship and with Paul Caddis showing he can lead from the front in Robinson's absence, it will be harder than ever for him to get back into the team.

Robinson has made 107 appearances for Birmingham since signing for the club in September 2012, initially on a one-month deal as there were only two fit senior defenders at the time. That one month deal was extended by another month, followed by another two months before it was further extended until the end of the 2012-13 season.

Made captain at the start of the 2013-14 campaign, Robinson has been an influential figure in the dressing-room at St Andrew's and a key component of the Birmingham team, but as time has gone on his age has meant that he has been exposed against sprightly attacks and his lack of height means that he has struggled aerially as a centre-half, too.

It was his influence, however, that meant Rowett kept him in the team when he took over the side in October 2014; however Paul Caddis has shown in the last two games that he can lead by example and with fellow centre-half Michael Morrison returning to fitness also having led the side on occasion, Robinson must now be worried his time is up.

The Watford-born defender's contract expires at the end of the season and, with him turning 37 in December, the big question is how much longer can he go on for and will he be given the chance to show there is life in the old dog yet?

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