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Defoe fearful of injury setback?

Defoe fearful of injury setback?

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...


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Date:Sunday November 23 2008
Time: 12:25PM


Nugent over Utaka any day, effort counts even if he can stand on the ball 18 yds from goal!
23/11/2008 12:31:00
Exactly! If a man is worthy of pulling on the blue shirt, he has to be willing to look like the game matters to him and I haven't seen much of that from Utaka. Nugent keeps the defenders on their toes at least. I would rather watch him any day than Utaka. I will be so grumpy if Utaka starts v Milan. I am having to dash from sunny Hammersmith after work and then get up the next morning at 5am to get to work the next day. I am NOT a morning person. If I get down there and see Utaka starting it will be toys out of the pram time
23/11/2008 14:53:00
Defoe out for a month is quite a sad thought. I just hope it's not a case that he will be fit for sale come January. The meltdown is a nightmare scenario if half the stories have some substance. But 'if' is a big word.
23/11/2008 16:14:00
yh i think nugent + crouch might work.Utaka just has to effort no nothing absolutely *****.I have a feeling maybe nugent might start to show his price tag now harry has gone.he looked gd against hull.Please can the south african buy us !!!!
stfc ballboy
23/11/2008 18:21:00
I would really love to know what HR and now TA see when they're watching Utaka that I don't see. There must be something that I'm not educated enough to spot, I guess, but what that could be I just can't imagine.
23/11/2008 18:23:00
The Defoe injury was bound to happen wasn't it!! Utaka and Diop have to be dropped, between them thay should have put the game beyond the reach of Hull. Surely Thomas or Little can offer as much to the team, or Arnold Mvuemba should get a go. Nugent did ok and worked hard, if he got a goal of any sort in the Premiership who knows what he could do.
23/11/2008 19:08:00
I am convinced that Nugent will come good, he worked his socks off on Saturday. Such a shame he stood on the ball, cos if he had scored, I reckon he would have been away. Utaka is a waste of space, Boo boo not as bad (at least he runs) but not much better. Our luck seems to be going from bad to worse!
23/11/2008 20:54:00
PhilTaglia, to ur question.. maybe Utaka has a 12" and Harry just couldnt say no ;) I suppose if Sahar didnt whine so much we could have considered him alongside Crouchy.. I still think Nugent is too slow, but would like to see him get the nod ahead of Utaka
23/11/2008 22:05:00
That might explain Utaka's complete lack of energy then...
24/11/2008 07:57:00
Problem is that for the Milan game, Nugget can't play as he was not named in the squad. So it will have to be Crouch and Utaka, or we play 5 in the middle with 1 up front.
24/11/2008 11:13:00
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