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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

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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.
eastneydave
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.
tracyc
Smokescreen, he's let the club and fans down who in essence pay his wages.
bluedr
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.
storagematt
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...
pompeyrug
lets hope he is a different player after the operation
pompeysno.9
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
WalshWasGod
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?
tracyc
No complaints if he scores the winner from me - then he can leave!
WalshWasGod
This story is hard to believe, but it will certainly make it easier to sell him at a higher price.
007
agree with bluedr, excuses....if he was playing with an injury, we should have know at the begining!
CharlieChimes
I couldn't care less who scores the winner as long as it is the winner.
storagematt
He only has a few games to prove he has got what it takes, i dont think he will convince Harry to keep him. He seems a decent lad, but i dont think he has got what it takes.
Owenspompey
I think it's hard to avoid a club knowing if you're injured. These players will most likely go through medicals a couple of times a month. If he was injured, Harry would know. But that might just be the cynic in me speaking. I liked Nugent at Preston but I was never certain he'd make the step up.
The_Legend_Of_Zola
all we can now do is wait and see, if a chance crops up he might have an opportunity to prove himself, and show that what he is saying is true... tbh, if his fitness is up to it then i cannot really see the harm in giving him some time against wigan at the weekend, mayb start him or at least bring him on for half an hour at the end?
pompeyrug
Given that Nuge is a mere youngster and has shown much promise in the past I'm prepared to be patient and hope that he makes the step up next season. If he does come good, then Defoe and Nugent could prove to be a pretty potent strike partnership.....time will tell. As for his performances this season, whether he was injured or not he hasn't cut it.....but there are numerous past examples of players not looking all that until they'd settled. Kranjcar last season and Johnson during his loan spell here for example have both really stepped up in their second season or 'spell' with us. And for all his endeavour, Benji couldn't hit a barn door with a banjo in his first season (until Wigan at least). Persevere with the lad I say.
Tantona
I hope he is given a chance, but i really feel that Harry will cash in and move onto other targets. However if Kanu goes and Baros does not stay then maybe it would be a good idea to keep him for another year.
Owenspompey
i can't see nugent and kanu staying here but i hope i am wrong.If they do move on then lets bring in a deadly striker like martins,cisse,kanoute or gudjohnson
stfc ballboy
I reckon Gudjonnson would be great for us, but would he really come here? We have been lucky this year with our signings, but can our luck hold out?
Owenspompey
it can hold out if we keep being succesful cant it, winning the fa cup would be a very good starting point...
pompeyrug
 

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