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Pamarot a doubt for the cup final

Central defence is an area that we have been very short with for cover this season, so the news that Noe Pamarot is struggling to be fit even for the FA cup final is a further setback, not only for the player and the club, but also for the run up to this showpiece event as resting one or both of Sol Campbell and Sylvain Distin would have been preferable.

Pamarot picked up his knee ligament problem in February, but does not seem to be showing many signs of being fit in time for games before, or including the cup final as Redknapp confirmed to The News: 'Noe is still a long way away. He's done his knee ligaments and is nowhere near fit.

'Centre-half is a problem. When Noe Pamarot's not fit we haven't really got anyone to back up Sol [Campbell] and Sylvain [Distin]. We're short.

'We started the season with a load of central defenders'.

We have been without Linvoy Primus all season with a knee injury and with Pamarot out for large spells of it and both Dejan Stefanovic and Andy O'Brien having been sold in the summer we have been very short of cover in central defence.

When needed Hermann Hreidarsson has stepped in, and stepped in very well in fact but Pamarot's setback is a blow as we really could do with some extra cover for the remainder of the season and the final.

The links with John Mensah are not a surprise at all as he would be a quality addition - or replacement - for what we have. I still have this feeling that Primus will get another deal for next season so we will be ok then, it is just a shame we are short now, so we will just have to keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best in the final 5 league games of the season before the cup final.

Martin Cranie could come in to play in a full back role to enable Hreidarsson to again fill in in the middle, at a push he could probably play in the middle himself, as this is where I do see his long term future. Others could do with a break, but if they are fit and well they will want to carry on playing anyway wont they?

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Date:Wednesday April 9 2008

Time: 1:00PM

Your Comments

apparently aubey's favourite position is centre back? i see him as a younger pamarot..
jbaker
I still think we are ok for defenders. With Herm, Distin, Sol, Johnsson, Lauren, Aubey and Cranie, and although he would probably be unwilling we could always call Duffy back if we got really desperate. That should see us through to the summer.
sneakay
Will be sad for Pamarot to miss the cup final. He might have had a place on the bench but at least his goal at Newcastle should win him Pompey goal of the season.
eastneydave
Still, you should be ok in the final.
Fan of Blues
A real shame for Noe. He came in & was very solid. Hopefully he fully recover & be part of the squad that is in europe as the winners of the English FA Cup.
storagematt
talking of goal of the season, pamarot has got to contend with muntari's double at villa, niko's cracker against b'ham, jermain's lob against villa etc, plus more. we do have some good strikers of the ball!!!
jbaker
shamne for Noe he has proved most of us wrong this season, in regards to Cranie, hasnt he just had a very long term injury problem
russellm
if it becomes clear we cant get 4th spot then i think Aubey and Cranie should get run outs
russellm
having made the long trek back to WoT from WH last night, i waatched the sky hi lights, i was pretty disgusted to here Tony Gale advocating dirty tackles on pompey players to intimidate and threaten them with injury prior to the FA cup
russellm
russellm - the comentators last night were atrotious. they were basicly saying sears should have dived, west ham should have fouled our players, and they generally kept builiding west ham and there players to be better than they are...less said about that the better.
pompeycarpet
also, hasnt duffy done his knee ligaments? im sure i heard that somewhere...
pompeycarpet
 

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