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Injured Diop out for 3 months

With midfielders thin on the ground as it is the confirmed news by physio Gary Sadler that Papa Bouba Diop will be out for 3-months is not something that we wanted, or needed to hear - but unfortunately that is the truth...

I think it is fair to say that the big Senegalese man mountain - or at least should be for a fella of his size, but does seem a bit soft - is not exactly a fan favourite, but when deployed in a central midfield role he always looks better, and put in a good shift against Arsenal in the game he got injured. To be fair he puts in the graft, so effort cannot be faulted really can it, it is just the quality just lets him down! But at least he does want to play for the club, I think that is evident.

Diop went over nastily on his knee and has damaged various areas of it against Arsenal over Christmas and that will keep him out for some time, for all intent and purpose most of the season that is left.

Newcastle had been 'linked' with 5m bid for him - surely not true! Either way that puts paid to that as well...

Jamie Ashdown will also be out for a month or more with Jerome Thomas facing a further 6 weeks out - I do not think we will see the fella play for the club again to be honest.

Richard Hughes is getting there and John Utaka - 'linked' with a 5.5m return to Rennes, Younes Kaboul and Glen Johnson are all well and truly back in training though and the latter two 'could' feature against Citeh on Saturday.

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday January 5 2009

Time: 7:35PM

Your Comments

bad news as we could really do with him back, i know he is not are most talented player but is a valuble player to the team. i think having ashdown out for a month is quite bad as david james could do with a few games on the bench!
jakepfc14
just when he was really starting to show what he can do.
Steve C
and from a central role, which is his role - all this 'out of the right' *****e wasnt helping him or us!
as for jamo being benched - i still maintain that his errors are coming because he has not had the confidence in the defence in front of him... and can you blame him! so he is trying to do it all himself.
pompeyrug
who knows ... he could back from injury and .... SCORE A GOAL?!?!?!?!?! well theres my wish for 2009 lol.
pompey--pessimist
Just when you really need him, you lose him. We'll be lucky if he's back at all this season. Time to buy quality in midfield. we won't stay up with Davis, Mvwenmba & Hughes. Nico is a luxury player that worked with the class of Diarra, Muntari & Mendes but we need more now. Buy, please, buy.
storagematt
as much as i want kaboul to replace campbell at the heart of the defence, do you think he will be put in the defensive midfield role that he played in against chelsea on his debut?
jbaker
and bad news about diop, we need players soon. looked like he was asking to come off due to a kncok before he did the actual damage, or at least thats what the link i was watching was getting at
jbaker
He was impressive at Arsenal - great pity. Time to go shopping for some midfielders, I think.
tracyc
Do get the feeling that someone up there doesn't like us? We need a big b****r to control midfield. Did you notice when Sol and Sylv made surging runs through from defence to the Bristol City box, the defence didn't dare challenge them? Well, we need more Wardrobe type big lads to barge through. As well as being gifted like Johann Cruyff with their feet. Must be LOADS of them knocking around.
hammersmithblue
on the right, he's crap. through the middle, hes one of our best (not hard at the moment!) and would (at the moment) be starting every game. he played VERY well aginst arsenal... and I think we will miss him.
pompeycarpet
At least some good news at the end with Kaboul and Johnno almost fit. We need players NOW!!
eastneydave
Agreed quality c-mid needed Defoe to go to pay for a good one, well the good news is Johnson,Kaboul,& Utaka could all be available for Saturday's game with Citeh, shame Appiah training with spuds thou.
pompeyyong
Appaih had a bad injury, and he sounds like a mercenary to me - they are welcome to him in my opinion. Did I read that Rennes want Utaka back. Well even if we don't get what we paid for him - there is a nice little profit to be had!
Gandor1
as much as people keep saying he isnt right for us, i think huddlestone will do well. hes big, strong, not a bad passer of the ball, and his shooting is one million times better than that of diop.
jbaker
With the 'reports' of playing leaving (Niko again this morning) and our current injury list it's time to dust of OUR boots fellas.. Right who is gonna mark Robiho on Saturday ?
Chix
I'll have a go Chix, pace ain't what it was, but neither will his be!!! ;-)
pentonpompey
We are getting a bit thin on the ground, have we got some more 'Wilson's' that we can pull out of the cupboard and get on the pitch?
Tony, get out there and secure us a CM asap please. I have heard talk that Mendes wants to come back to the Premier League. Can we buy him and Gary'O back!
sneakay
I want to bring Omar Koroma back! According to the Norwich website, he's 5ft1. That would be so awesome up front alongside Crouchie.
jbaker
We need to get someone in! And soon! So if Ashdown's injured, is Asmir still away on loan? Good to see that Johnson and Kaboul could be back on Saturday though.
tracyc
jbaker - aparantly he wasnt really good enough for norwich... I doubt he will be good enough for us!
pompeycarpet
begovic was on the bench for the bristol match, so im assuming that he has been brought back. and carpet, he played their first game, and has only played like 5 games since, so i guess you are right. but still, the image of him lining up alongside crouch...
jbaker
 

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