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Cranie makes his return from injury

Martin Cranie last night made his return from the broken leg he sustained in November whilst on loan at QPR.

He played the full 90 minutes as the 2nd string beat Derby 2-0 thanks for goals from Franck Songo'o - who seems to be heavily involved with most that is going on in the reserves, creating plenty of chances for people and scoring goals too, I must admit I have not seen him turning out for the ressies, but would be interested to hear views of people that have - and Danijel Subotic.

Cranie probably will not get back into the 1st team picture this season - his antics in Spain along with several others might not help his case too - but I do think he could start becoming more prominent next season as he can play anywhere across the back four, and could also be used in midfield, although my own thinking is that he will be the eventual successor to Sol Campbell playing in the heart of defence, and is quite possibly a future England international…


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Date:Tuesday March 4 2008

Time: 8:31AM

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thanks for the update - a lot depends on whether we need cover in central defence before the season is up.
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04/03/2008 09:34:00

Glad to see he's not suffering any effects from the injury. Welcome back.
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04/03/2008 12:07:00

That is a quick comeback as Martin only broke his ley on 6th November at Coventry. Interesting thought that you see him as a future replacement to Sol, Rug.
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04/03/2008 13:49:00

well as said he can play anywhere along the back four - or in midfield really - but if he bulks up a bit more i reckon he could be a very good central defender - hence the longer term replacement for sol... granted the championship is a level down but he was fantastic by all accounts when QPR played him as a centre back when he was on loan, he impressed enough for them to 'aaparently' want to offer £2m plus...
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04/03/2008 15:40:00

fantastics news.hopefully he be in the picture for the first team next season with franck songo'o.
stfc ballboy
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04/03/2008 17:06:00

his antics in spain? think i missed them... anyway, this is fantastic news, as i think he is a real prospect for central defence!!!
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04/03/2008 18:34:00

I hope he makes a full and speedy recovery, he looks to be a good prospect for the future.
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04/03/2008 18:38:00

Yes, my thoughts, he could cover Sol, especially if Linvoy doesn't make it. A great bit of news.
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04/03/2008 19:31:00

Matt, my chocolate labrador would have been better than Sol was in the last 20 minutes at Goodison.
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04/03/2008 19:53:00

Owens have you for a dig made out of chocolate ? I hope he doesn't sit too near the fire ;) Good to see Cranie back I think he'll be a readl contender next year
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05/03/2008 07:30:00

he is pretty good this cranie lad, i am sure he will feature a lot next season but i only hope harry doesnt be too harsh on him after his spain drinking....
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05/03/2008 15:36:00

i would like to see songo'o given more of a go - he hasnt been sold off yet so it makes me think there is a glimer of hope for the fella but 'arry seems reluctant to use him at all...
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