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Blackberry helps former England keeper, Chris Kirkland

21st November, 2011: The former England international goalkeeper Chris Kirkland has been receiving treatment at the Blackberry Clinic, in a bid to rid himself of the back problems that have plagued his professional footballing career.

21st November, 2011

The former England international goalkeeper Chris Kirkland has been receiving treatment at the Blackberry Clinic, in a bid to rid himself of the back problems that have plagued his professional footballing career.

Kirkland, who is contracted to Premiership club Wigan Athletic until the end of this season but has recently spent time on-loan with Doncaster Rovers in the Championship, has been receiving a course of Prolotherapy under the guidance of Dr Tom Saw at the Clinic, which is based in Milton Keynes.

At 30 years of age, Kirkland, whose previous clubs include Liverpool and Coventry City, is still relatively young for a top flight goalkeeper, and hopes to continue playing for another 8 to 10 years, as he told Oliver Holt of The Times:

"First of all, I'd like to regain my place at Wigan and sign a new deal," he says. "I understand that teams are going to be suspicious but I hope somebody will take a chance like Paul Jewell did when I came here. I know I am nearly there [at full fitness]. People only need to see me training to see that."

And at a time when other goalkeepers, such as West Bromwich Albion's Ben Foster, are ruling themselves out of Fabio Capello's England squad, there may still be time for Kirkland to add to the England cap that he won against Greece in August 2006.