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Kranjcar facing 2-3 months out!

Kranjcar facing 2-3 months out!

Pompey have been dealt the blow with the confirmation that Niko Kranjcar is facing an extended spell on the sidelines having undergone surgery on an ankle injury today.

He was injured whilst on international duty with Croatia last week, when he suffered a ruptured ankle ligament. Initially it was hoped it would not be too bad, but he will now be out for 8-12 weeks...

This injury setback should at least put to bed any concerns that he 'could' leave before the transfer deadline and will also give the likes of Armand Traore and Jerome Thomas a chance at an extended run in the side - so it is down to them to grasp it.

Clearly we will miss him, but thankfully we were able to bring in some cover on the left side of midfield or we would have been well and truly up the creek without a paddle!


Also, former Pompey winger Franck Songo'o has now found himself a new club.

He has returned to Spain, where he is expected to be announced as a Real Zaragoza player later today...


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Date:Wednesday August 27 2008
Time: 2:47PM

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A real blow because on his day Niko is the most creative player we have and all because of a meaningless international friendly. At least he won't face England though.
27/08/2008 15:07:00
i guess now we will see if Thomas or Traore are good enough to play week in week out!
27/08/2008 15:11:00
My thoughts exactly. Shame for him & us. Time to get on now & knuckle down to some very hard graft.
27/08/2008 15:13:00
I'm gutted for you lads, it looked like you really missed his creativeness on Monday. However, as a gooner, I know that you've a little gem in Traore! At least you've got the two hardwst ones out of the way early!
27/08/2008 15:28:00
Come on Sacha find 10,000,000 for SWP, we have absolutely no creativity with out Niko. A fact born out in the much improved performance against united. whilst we were much improved we never looked like supplying anything to Defoe and Crouch. Thomas and Little are little more than championship players signed in desperation because they were cheap.
Steve C
27/08/2008 15:41:00
OMG!!! SWP has just been quoted saying he dosn't want to go to Man city or Everton!!! if this isnt a sign, then I dont know what is!!! pls Sacha!! do it!
27/08/2008 15:55:00
This is a blow for sure, as I doubt that his fitness will be back to normal before Christmas. It does however give other a chance to step up and take the bull by the horns! Little and Utaka can also be deployed on the left wing.
27/08/2008 15:58:00
England is very lucky with this injury....but big miss for pompey
27/08/2008 16:01:00
This is so bad for us as he creates most of our chances shame he will be out but the positives for this is that we can see how traore and thomas proform down the left !! now all we need is swp to join cuz he ruled out everton and man city :) com on sasha splash da cash
stfc ballboy
27/08/2008 17:03:00
huge blow, apart from jamo, he is the one player i would least like to lose. on his day he can turn the game for us. i still think we are terribly short in midfield, why not aaron lennon??? but our no.1 priority must be a centre mid...
27/08/2008 17:44:00
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