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Khizanisvili close to loan exit
10 Sep 2009 - 10:29:25
Georgia international Zurab Khizanishvili is being linked with a loan move from Blackburn Rovers to Middlesbrough.
The 27-year-old former Dundee and Rangers star has spent the last four years at Ewood Park but has failed to start a Premier League game since March.
Khizanishvili had been linked with a summer switch to Newcastle United, but now looks set to agree a three-month loan deal with Gareth Southgate's team.
Meanwhile, midfielder Brett Emerton is finally close to a first-team return.
The Australia international has been sidelined for eight months since enduring cruciate ligament surgery, and admitted: "It was the first major injury of my career and it took time to sink in.
"It's been a good road to recovery. I feel fit and strong and as good as ever. I thought I'd just twisted my knee at first. It wasn't until the following day that I went for a scan and found out that it was my cruciate.
"I was very surprised at first that it was something so serious."