Date:Sunday November 23 2008
Defoe out for the rest of the year?
Jermain Defoe, who missed the game yesterday after coming off against Germany for England in midweek with what was thought to be nothing more than 'minor cramp', is being 'quoted' in the Sunday Mirror today as saying he feels he will require surgery on the complaint...
He has been suffering with a calf injury recently, and is apparently concerned that he will not play again this year - with surgery the option that could be given to him after seeing a specialist tomorrow: 'I've been suffering for the past three games with the calf injury and it's got to the stage that when I play, I can't feel my foot because of the numbness.
'I have had treatment including acupuncture but it's showing no signs of clearing up.
'Another England player had a similar problem and required surgery to sort it out. It's a minor operation but means I will be absent for at least four weeks.'
Should Defoe require this it will be a major setback for both him and us, and leaves us with the 'worrying' problem that John Utaka could be paired with Peter Crouch on a more regular basis - for me more alarming than the potential injury setback for our star striker!
'If' Defoe is out surely we need to give Dave Nugent a crack - ok, maybe things have not been great for him at Pompey but he has had far less of a chance to impress than the Nigerian has and was again a willing and able runner against Hull when he came on, lets give the fella a chance at a regular run of games and see what he can do when given this opportunity...
Either way I feel that Nugent deserves to come into the side for the game next weekend, if not as a striker then on the right side of midfield as could he do any worse than the options open to us - again, I think that he did ok when he was moved out wide.
More 'sensationalised' financial meltdown reports
I am sure that most of you would have seen today's reports in the News of the World that 'Pompey are up for sale for a quid!' in order to find a new owner to 'save' the club... with a 'source' revealing all, with this source valuing all the clubs assets at a mere £50m - jog on!
Yes we are in debt, but you show me a club that is not - the difference with us, as opposed to most others is we do not have the pull to make money by other means, like others, but this cannot be 'spiralling' out of control as 'dramatically' as 'reports suggest'. Without a new stadium and what have you things will be tough, as it does not take a genius to work out that the wage bill is majorly high and accounts for almost all our income but things cannot be as bad as made out, and our 'assets' are worth more than £50m!
Is it not amazing that we have gone from '£34m in debt' a month or so back, to '£60m in debt' a couple of weeks back to a staggering '£95m in debt' now - 'even' if we are losing money at a rate of the claimed '£1m per month' this maths does not add up that we could have gone from £34m - £95m in a matter of weeks...
As always I say, do not dismiss 'claims' entirely, as blinkering yourself to options does set you up for a huge fall but do not believe everything that you read - these 'reports' are varying from week to week, if not day to day, and whilst the club will clearly deny all knowledge you would hope to believe that they are not lying to us completely at the state of our club. All of this is putting aside the fact that 'a source' would not be releasing such details...
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Sunday November 23 2008
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