Date:Tuesday December 2 2008
Pompey are hoping that three key players will be fit to fly to Germany tomorrow night after they missed Sunday`s win over Blackburn Rovers.
The three are skipper Sol Campbell (toe injury), John Utaka (hip) and Younes Kaboul (ankle). Of the three Campbell is rated the most likely and with goals being shipped alarmingly recently would be a welcome addition to the squad.
Several other players picked up knocks on Sunday but expected to shake them off in time.
Niko hoping for Euro bow
Croatian midfield star, Niko Kranjcar is hoping to play his first Uefa Cup game for Pompey in Germany. Ankle injuries have so far prevented Niko from playing much at all this season and he is definitely the type of player that Pompey need in this vital game.
Despite still being only Kranjcar has won nearly fifty caps and played in European competition with both his former clubs Dinamo Zagreb and Hajduk Split. He is without doubt what you would call a European type of footballer and a very good one at that and his fitness would give manager Tony Adams plenty of choice when structuring his side.
Jean Francois Christophe has returned from his loan period with Southend United after picking up a hamstring injury in the Shrimpers` FA Cup Round 2 match against Luton Town at the week-end. His loan was due to complete Saturday when Southend take on League 1 leaders Leicester City at the Walkers Stadium.
United manager Steve Tilson is positive that negotiations with his agent have gone well and Christophe will return in the January transfer window either on loan or as a permanent move.
Pompey have around 300 tickets left in the Milton end (Apollo Stand) for the UEFA Cup clash with Heerenveen at Fratton Park on Wednesday, December 17. Seats had sold out but more became available when the Dutch club returned part of their allocation.
Snap them up folks they are only £20 and this could the crucial group game.
With the transfer window now only four weeks away the press are beginning to stir up the mud with some rumours more widespread than others.
Pompey striker David Nugent has emerged as a January transfer target for Everton boss David Moyes. Will Yakubu out for season and injuries to other strikers the Toffees are being tipped to swoop for Everton fan Nugent.
Arnand Traore is being tipped to join Middlesbrough in the transfer window. It is expected that Boro will lose England winger Stuart Downing and Traore is being mentioned as a possible replacement.
The latest forecast for the Lower Saxony area suggest that there is a chance of snow tomorrow but that Thursday should be bright with a maximum of only 2°C.
Wrap up warm.
Date:Tuesday December 2 2008
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