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Kranjcar back 'sooner rather than later'/Kanu

Kranjcar 'should' play again this season

When Niko Kranjcar was injured at the weekend, especially as he was stretchered off with what looked a serious injury, I would suspect that most of us expected we would not see him play at Fratton again - well not for us anyway, as he is almost certain to leave in the summer.

Pompey were quick to stress damage 'was not as bad as first feared' and following an X-ray yesterday Paul Hart said he was 'hopeful he will be back sooner rather than later', with our club doctor Nigel Sellars saying 'it seems clear it is only soft tissue damage and hopefully not long-term'.

Clearly he will miss the Manyoo game tomorrow, and I would suspect the crucial Newcastle one on Monday - anything else would be pure guess work at the moment, but it looks like we 'should' see him again this season, which, for me, will be a bonus as he has been impressive in recent weeks, even if we have been somewhat 'accommodating him', which has to a degree impacted on others, in a somewhat negative way...

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Kanu wants to stay...again!

We are at that time of year again when Kanu starts to look towards his future, and he is still hopeful that it will be with Pompey next season.

Yet again at the weekend the Nigerian showed what an asset he can be playing a role from the subs bench, as once again, as he has several times this season, he came on and made quite an impression - problem is he will be another year older and another year slower next season, I still find it hard to believe that he is only 32...

Kanu has to be on big money, he is probably one of our top earners, so he has no chance of getting a new deal...unless he takes a massive pay-cut!

He said 'I love Portsmouth and I want to play for them', I suspect that if he is to have any chance of playing for us again beyond the end of May he will have to take a 50% pay-cut, but I am not sure he would do so, that or a 'pay as you play' style deal? A lucrative move to the Middle East or Australia awaits methinks...

Kanu does view Old Trafford as his 'lucky ground' so he, and we, will be hoping this can be the case again tomorrow when we face Manyoo!

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday April 21 2009

Time: 8:22AM

Your Comments

Lets be honest he couldn't be any slower next season - but he does a job, and on the right terms could still be useful.
NorfolknBlue
Lets be honest he couldn't be any slower next season - but he does a job, and on the right terms could still be useful.
NorfolknBlue
agreed norfolk, he can make things happen, pay cut and a new contract, he has got the best control in the club......and especially if crouch goes.
ruffcider
agreed norfolk, he can make things happen, pay cut and a new contract, he has got the best control in the club......and especially if crouch goes.
ruffcider
interesting player Kanu, he can look woeful one minute and world class the next!
The Fear
interesting player Kanu, he can look woeful one minute and world class the next!
The Fear
kanus' game isn't about pace. if he looses more of that, it really won't be a big loss (he scorred on saturday without mooving!). He is a fantastic player though - and if we can keep him, then I think we should try. Obviously it would come down to wages though...
pompeycarpet
kanus' game isn't about pace. if he looses more of that, it really won't be a big loss (he scorred on saturday without mooving!). He is a fantastic player though - and if we can keep him, then I think we should try. Obviously it would come down to wages though...
pompeycarpet
I agree Carpet. He is a thinking footballer and works out waht he is doing with the ball rather than just lumping it up the pitch. If we can keep him we should.
sneakay
I agree Carpet. He is a thinking footballer and works out waht he is doing with the ball rather than just lumping it up the pitch. If we can keep him we should.
sneakay
We should use Kanu more. He holds the ball up, uses the time very well. Rarely misplaces a pass & will get a few goals. He is better answer than dragging another defender on. Middlesboro & WBA were great examples as to when he should have come on for the last 10-15 mins. As for Niko, hopefully he'll come back but in the meantime maybe Hart can play 442 at home.
storagematt
We should use Kanu more. He holds the ball up, uses the time very well. Rarely misplaces a pass & will get a few goals. He is better answer than dragging another defender on. Middlesboro & WBA were great examples as to when he should have come on for the last 10-15 mins. As for Niko, hopefully he'll come back but in the meantime maybe Hart can play 442 at home.
storagematt
totally off topic, but does anyone know if we're on tv tomo night? looks like chelsea everton is?
SUAC51
totally off topic, but does anyone know if we're on tv tomo night? looks like chelsea everton is?
SUAC51
Not on telly SUAC51 - as for Niko he will be missed as would any good player at this time - Papa is another example. Sooner he is back the better and stick with 4-5-1!!
eastneydave
Not on telly SUAC51 - as for Niko he will be missed as would any good player at this time - Papa is another example. Sooner he is back the better and stick with 4-5-1!!
eastneydave
Watching Kanu warming up is a treat. He'd warm up fast standing still, I suspect. But you gotta love the man.
hammersmithblue
Watching Kanu warming up is a treat. He'd warm up fast standing still, I suspect. But you gotta love the man.
hammersmithblue
I used to moan about Sandra's husband being held to ransome by Kanu every season but now I think the bloke should be given a job for life .. nothing to do with his playing ability (what is left of it) but just because we can wheel him out on the odd ocassion and the opposition do not have a clue how to deal with him... one stumbling block however .. his salary !.. after Campbell he is our most expensive player
Chix
I used to moan about Sandra's husband being held to ransome by Kanu every season but now I think the bloke should be given a job for life .. nothing to do with his playing ability (what is left of it) but just because we can wheel him out on the odd ocassion and the opposition do not have a clue how to deal with him... one stumbling block however .. his salary !.. after Campbell he is our most expensive player
Chix
chix... it also helps that every player in the world is in awe of him, and when he comes on, the oposition just stop and stare. Davis has come out saying what a great guy kanu is, players - when joining us - site kanu as a reason, and an example of the top players we have. he has been fantastic for us!
pompeycarpet
chix... it also helps that every player in the world is in awe of him, and when he comes on, the oposition just stop and stare. Davis has come out saying what a great guy kanu is, players - when joining us - site kanu as a reason, and an example of the top players we have. he has been fantastic for us!
pompeycarpet
oh, and he probably acts as a massive boast for marketing in africa (nigeria especially)...=$$$
pompeycarpet
oh, and he probably acts as a massive boast for marketing in africa (nigeria especially)...=$$$
pompeycarpet
 

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