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Shearer to Miss Testimonial


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Blackburn Rovers legend Alan Shearer has been ruled out of Simon Garner’s Testimonial fixture.

Shearer, who was named this week in the prestigious PFA Team of the Season, played a massive role in Blackburn’s success in the early 90s with an incredible 130 goals in 171 games.  

But the injuries he sustained in Newcastle’s derby match with Sunderland at the weekend mean the former England hero is out of action for the rest of the season.

Richard Slater, chairman of the Simon Garner Testimonial Committee, said: “Like all Rovers fans I’d have loved to see Alan line up with Simon. But these injuries mean that can’t happen. We wish Alan all the best for a speedy recovery.”

Simon Garner added: “I know Alan wanted to come down for the day but circumstances are against him. He sent his best wishes and that is greatly appreciated.”

Ironically, Alan Shearer’s debut for Blackburn in 1992 was also Simon Garner’s debut for his second club, West Bromich Albion, with the pair grabbing all three goals in the friendly which ended 2-1 to Blackburn.

The Simon Garner Testimonial takes place on May 18 at Ewood Park when the trophy winning squads of 1995 and 2002 will square up to honour Rovers’ all-time top scorer. Kick-off is at 4pm.

The Simon Garner Testimonial Match takes place on Sunday May 18 at Ewood Park. Kick-off is at 4pm. Tickets are priced £12 and £6 and available from the club ticket office or by calling 01254 671666. Corporate packages, boxes and tickets for a star-studded Sportsmans Dinner after the game can be purchased by calling 01254 690909.

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