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Nuge had carried injury all season?

Nuge had carried injury all season?

The News - even though they were wrong in saying he 'limped away from the game with Preston in January' - is reporting that Dave Nugent had been carrying his groin problem all season, so when he had to come off at half time against 'Plymouth' in the FA cup in January it was not a new injury at all, he said: 'I'd been playing since the start of the season with an injury.

'It was wear and tear of the groin, something I've had for a while. I even had it at the end of last season at the European Championships for the under-21s.

'I thought I could play through the pain but gradually it got worse and worse and couldn't really walk by the end.

'I wasn't doing myself justice for Portsmouth and couldn't get a full sprint out, but I didn't want to tell everyone and go on about how I had an injury.

'As far as I was concerned, at the start of the year it was my chance to play in the team while the Africans were away at the African Cup of Nations.

'I was playing injured but I didn't want to say anything because I wanted to play so much.

'I took painkillers to try to cope with it but they weren't working so in the end there was only one option and that was to have an operation.

'Looking back, it was a bad decision because I had to have the operation.

'But that's the way it is. I just want to play football and you have got to play through the pain barrier some games. You've got to do it, but this pain was a bit too much in the end.'

Well, there you go fellas…

Although it does not explain the 'off the field' activities - but when all is said and done he is still a young man who is entitled to have 'some' fun, but maybe not as much as it is 'reported' that he has though - it does make sense, as despite his hard work and effort he was not looking the player that we had hoped he would be.

But I cannot help but ask, why was nothing said before? Who knew the score, and who did not? Surely the club must have known as he would not have been able to keep it secret from everyone?

Nugent was a surprise inclusion on the bench against Spurs last weekend after only 1 reserve outing, but is now hoping to get some games between now and the summer and show exactly what he can do: 'the groin's feeling good after the operation. I just need a few more games and I'll be okay.

'Last week was my first game back for the reserves and obviously I was a bit tired towards the end, especially the last 10 to 15 minutes, - but I've got the buzz again.

'Hopefully I can be involved in a few more first-team games before the season ends'.

It is another bizarre one for Pompey, I would really like to see if the operation will make the difference, which on the face of it it appear it could. If this is the case then he could still become the top class footballer I have always maintained I believe he will be - and what's more possibly still here after all when it appeared he was destined to leave in the summer?

Does this explain why his season has been such a strange one, what do you reckon fellas?


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Date:Tuesday March 25 2008
Time: 12:08PM


I really hope we see a new player once 100% fit. Just shows that young players need to be encouraged to disclose their injuries so as not to cause problems later in their careers.
25/03/2008 12:28:00
This may go some way to explaining why he has fallen a little short of expectation this season, so perhaps we'll see a new Nuge! I'm surprised this injury wasn't picked up when he signed, and I'm not sure that, however well motivated, playing through the injury is quite the right thing to do - but I guess we can put it down to a little immaturity. Hopefully he's learned.
25/03/2008 12:49:00
Smokescreen, he's let the club and fans down who in essence pay his wages.
25/03/2008 12:59:00
Not sure if this admission helps his cause or not. I doubt it. We took a gamble & it's not worked up til now. You would hope for all our sakes it does blossom but I can't see it. The calibre of players coming in would suggest he is on his way out be it on loan or at a loss.
25/03/2008 13:41:00
i like the fella, and he says how much he wants to be here and how much he wants to a success and to his credit arrived to games early, even before those playing even when injured, but he doesnt always seem to be very honest - but then again who is in football these days?
as said i would be interested to know who had known about this, and how long this injury has gone on for with people knowing - if for so long why wasnt anything done sooner? i find it hard to believe that he would have been able to 'hide' it from everyone for for what 5 or 6 months, 'if' by some chance he has been able to then how favourably will this be viewed by the club? altho i cant see how he could have hidden it?
all we can do is hope that he can still prove he is worthy of a place here, that is all i want from the fella, if he isnt good enough then he will rightfully be sold - loss or not...
25/03/2008 15:08:00
lets hope he is a different player after the operation
25/03/2008 15:10:00
I too hope too see a new player once he's 100% fit - I'd like to see a new player come in and replace him and the 100% fitness level should help us get nearer to what we paid for him back. I have a horrible feelingt that we are going to see him at Wembley though
25/03/2008 16:00:00
He's scored some of the goals on our way to Wembley, he has a good record of scoring against championship sides in the cup, so why not? We won't complain if he scores the winner, will we?
25/03/2008 17:19:00
No complaints if he scores the winner from me - then he can leave!
25/03/2008 17:54:00
This story is hard to believe, but it will certainly make it easier to sell him at a higher price.
25/03/2008 18:42:00
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