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Diarra's ankle 'badly sprained'

The injury that forced Lassana Diarra off against West Ham yesterday is said to be a 'badly sprained ankle' according to Tony Adams.

Diarra was forced off after less than 20 minutes and the Pompey manager appears to be expecting him to be out for a while, and is not impressed that he still has to report for international duty with France: 'we've done well because we were without Sol Campbell and Niko Kranjcar and then lost Diarra, although it was an entire accident.

'The big shame is that we've got to send Lassana over to France for their friendly international next week.

'We are not allowed to pull him out but hopefully the French doctors will see the extent of the injury. I'm not happy he's got to get on a plane with it, though.'

Surely if a player is injured can we not pull him out of an international - after all it is the club that pay his wages, so why should we have to risk further damage by being made to make him travel and possibly played in a 'friendly' international... I think that it is pretty clear that the Frenchman was injured, as we would not have taken him off if he was not!

On the topic of internationals, congratulations again go to Pompey's 'fab four' with David James, Glen Johnson, Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch all again named in Fabio Capello's England squad for the friendly with Germany next week - all being well all can feature, but most importantly come through unscathed!

And, whilst on the subject of Diarra initially, more 'speculation' today claims that Citeh have 'tied up a deal' for him to join them for 10m in January. Their 'massive' pay packet has seen them 'beat' Manyoo and Spurs to his signing 'activating' the 10m 'release clause' that he has...

Pompey are easy pickings at the moment guys, yep the chances are that our talismanic midfielder will go in January but as much as many of the 'rumours' flying around could happen I say it is basically time that we just take them all with a pinch of salt and just let what is going to happen - or not - happen. There is not a blind bit of difference we can make to anything, lets just roll with it, go with the flow and see what happens.

At the end of the day we support Portsmouth Football Club and will do regardless as to what happens wont we?!


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday November 16 2008

Time: 11:57AM

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just remember - Harry "said" he turned down a 15 million offer onthe last day of the transfer window (apparntly from man u... although maybe spurs?) - if that was the case (and it was man u) then it pretty much stops any idea of a 10million release clause...
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16/11/2008 15:23:00

Diarra's injury makes a mockery of him being called up by France but just have to go with it. Will he be fit for Hull or do we save him for Milan. As for 10m, bl00dy cheap.
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16/11/2008 16:55:00

Carpet the answer is "Harry said"
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16/11/2008 17:03:00

yes... I did use quotation marks for a reason 007...
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16/11/2008 18:33:00

If we got 12mil for Muntari surely Diarra is worth more than that.
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16/11/2008 19:28:00

the problem is the possible relese clause though gandor...
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16/11/2008 19:55:00 Diarra is gone lads get over it :D
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16/11/2008 20:40:00

Watching City today, that would not be a great move for him would it!! If he has to go hopefully a decent purchase will be coming in. If Nico goes as well we should have enough cash to replace Lassana, Stephen Appiah is free, so it would be his wages!!
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16/11/2008 20:46:00

kranjcar19 - hat is the people we're talking about isn't it!
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16/11/2008 21:24:00

Well, I wouldn't have thought that ManC is the place for someone like Diarra to go. OK, they have plenty of money, but as everyone says, instant money does not make for instant success. It is going to be a long hard struggle even with the dosh. I read somewhere at the weekend that Sheik Abbidabbidu has approach Jose Mourinho to come and run ManC. How unsettling is that?
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17/11/2008 12:05:00

The people - what a reliable piece of trash! Well fellas, looks like we are down to ' the bare bones' again.
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17/11/2008 12:08:00

Make Diarra captain - he will stay with us
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17/11/2008 20:00:00

It doesn't worry me at all. Every team has problems, not just us. We are probably feeling it more because up to 4 months ago, we didn't have a care in the world. But if you trawl around the sites, there are people in just as much pooh as us - more in fact. Cos what we are crying over hasn't even happened yet - and still might not. Must say, I am pig sick of reading about which of our players Harry wants in January as though its a foregone conclusion that they are going to go running to him screaming "Oh thank you Harry for choosing me to play in your team which consists of a bunch of misfits and prima donnas and are scraping the bottom of the league. Thank you for asking me to help you, of course I'll take a pay cut cos Levy doesn't pay big bucks, blah blah blah. Just promise me you won't do a moonlight flit and leave me here when things don't go your way - please?"
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17/11/2008 21:52:00

Well said Gandor, they have been stunned down at the Lane, and we have been the ones to miss out when our manager took the money and ran, give them nothing, and sit back and watch them tear each other apart. I am really looking to going to the Lane to see the Judas in person, i bet the press will love it. Footballers take a pay cut, that would be a shock. Are Spurs down to the bare bones yet?
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18/11/2008 20:08:00

OwensPompey, I thought I read somewhere that Spurs have a ceiling of 45,000 per week. Anyway, Levy runs a tight and profitable ship and he has already said he spent loads in the summer and was not looking to spend much in January. On top of this, he has a new stadium to build, he won't like to borrow too much money. I read today that he has moved his office to Spurs Training Ground three days a week, so that he can work closely with Harry as he is not replacing Comolli - roughly translated that means - 'I promised you carte blanche to get you here Harry, but at the end of the day its my money you are spending and I am going to see how its spent'. I'm beginning to like Levy........
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