Date:Friday August 8 2008
Having missed out on his chance to play at Wembley last season due to injury, despite fulfilling his boyhood dream of lifting the FA cup as a player - as he had told his parents he would as a kid - to the loudest cheer of all who lifted it, Linvoy Primus is set to finally get a taste of running out onto the hallowed Wembley turf in a Pompey kit on Sunday.
As he told The News he does not care how long he gets, just as long as he can play a part: 'to feature on Sunday would be a boyhood dream lived.
'I told my parents years and years ago that one day I would be up there holding the FA Cup - and I was.
'But to actually get out on the turf would be something in my life which I probably didn't think was going to happen as a professional.
'If you ask most players where they would most like to play in most countries, they would say Wembley.
'For me, even if it's a minute that would be great.
'I want to be part of the squad, making it on the bench. I don't want anyone to get injured so I can get the chance, but I just hope the opportunity comes.
'There's a chance I may feature but even if I don't make it, to just be at this stage where I am now, it will be an achievement after those dark nights.
'For the club alone to reach Wembley three times in four months is amazing and Sunday sums up the achievement of last season.
'But I want to be involved as well and I hope there will be an opportunity to get out there.
'All I've tried to do so far this pre-season is get games under my belt so hopefully I can be in the squad - and then we'll see from there.'
Primus will play a part, of that I have absolutely no doubt at all. My heart wants him to start as he has earned this, but my head says he will feature, but from the bench - a lot depends on the fitness of Sol Campbell really, who has been struggling with a virus picked up in Africa...
A full 90 minutes was played against Havant this week, his first in over a year, and he has featured in several pre-season games home and abroad and he is happy with his progress: 'I'm happy the way things have gone, although obviously I still need another few 90 minutes to really get back to feeling normal on the pitch.
'Everything feels good physically, but there's a sharpness I need to get where I have not played for so long.
'That's going to come but I'm happy where I am and if I'm part of the squad on Sunday I'll be pleased.
'My first 90 minutes against the Hawks was important, but you don't feel your best until your third or fourth 90 minutes.
'But so far there's been no problem, so that's another hurdle for me since coming back.'
The sentimental part of me wants him to not only be handed a start, but to also be handed the captains armband - which if Campbell is not fit then there is a good chance he will start - but as Sylvain Distin is next in line it would probably be him that would lead us out against Manyoo.
Either way I intend to make the most of this day out and enjoy every minute of it, as it is a day that we have nothing to lose. We should just go out and play our football - if we win it will be a fantastic boost ahead of the season. If we lose so be it, we are not expected to win are we? Or are we...
Peter Crouch on the other hand is going to Wembley with the intention of winning, as he restarts his second spell with Pompey with his first competitive game since returning. During pre-season he has bagged a few goals, now he wants another against Manyoo!
He has memories of scoring the winning goal in the charity shield against Chelski a couple of years back, and hopes to do the same again: 'I have great memories of that day, scoring the winner against Chelsea, I'm really looking forward to Sunday.
'It is going to be a really difficult match but we will be fit and ready and hopefully we will give them a good game.
'It's a fantastic occasion - like a cup final. It's the first game of the season and all the new signings are out.'
It would be great to see him open his account for Pompey - or should that be add to his account! - in a game that we should be really up for. It will also be good to get a real good look at his partnership with Jermain Defoe, which will be something special this season.
As said previously, I am going all out to enjoy this day because as much as I hope it is not, this might be the last visit we make to Wembley as Pompey fans so we must make the most of what will be a fantastic day out, with no pressure attached to it...
And finally, to round up some transfer gossip today Juventus are said to be interested in John Utaka - unlikely, but you never know...
Despite it claimed that Sean Davis had already rejected a move to Celtic fresh reports - or are they just recycled in a different red top? - claim that they are back in with a £2.5m offer, which although not overly appealing to him could tempt him...
This money would then be put towards a deal to secure Younes Kaboul - who desperately wants to move to Pompey, but could join Nicky Shorey at Villa...
Thoughts on all please guys!
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Friday August 8 2008
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