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Kranjcar out for the season!

When Niko Kranjcar was stretchered off against Bolton recently, after what looked a heavy and without a doubt late challenge from Gavin McCann, few of us expected to see him play again this season... Hopes were raised that he 'might' even return in time to face Arsenal, but this will not be the case now as it has been confirmed that he will not play again this season!

Gary Sadler has confirmed on the Pompey Site that the initial mere 'soft tissue damage' is a lot worse as the MRI scan later revealed some 'irregularities', which have been confirmed after a meeting with the specialist as the Croatian pulling 'a little bit of bone away in the back of his ankle' and he will not play again this season: 'a scan on the Monday after the Bolton game revealed soft tissue damage.

'On Friday we took Niko to see our foot and ankle specialist, James Calder, who operated on his ankle earlier in the season.

'There were certain areas of the MRI scan which did not match up with the clinical findings that we had made throughout the week.

'So Niko then went for a CT scan to investigate the possibility of bone-related damage. That scan revealed that Niko had pulled a little bit of bone away in the back of his ankle.

'Unfortunately this type of injury means there is not enough time left before the end of the season for Niko to heal, be rehabilitated, return to training and play.'

Will we ever see Kranjcar pull on a Pompey shirt again though, as he is, or at least was, expected to leave in the summer?

Saddler expects him back fit for pre-season though: 'if everything goes according to plan and there are no setbacks then Niko should be fine to resume training with the rest of the team when they report back for pre-season training after the break.'

As much as you never want to see players sold I think he was one we were almost 'banking on' due to the fact he only has a year left on his contract.

But this latest injury - and ankle injuries are becoming a recurring theme with him - must cast doubts over this now? As until he is not fully fit no one will pay 'big money' for him in the summer as it seemed they 'might' will they?

So, perhaps we actually will see him pull on the Pompey shirt next season afterall, however this 'could' mean someone else that 'might not' have been sold will be sold now to 'balance the books', as chances are if he stays next season he will walk away as a free agent the summer after, or for a minimal amount in January...

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday April 27 2009

Time: 12:46PM

Your Comments

Whoever wants to buy him will want reassurance that he is fit and able. That might mean a few pompey games first, with a move in Jan 2010?
UKTony
Whoever wants to buy him will want reassurance that he is fit and able. That might mean a few pompey games first, with a move in Jan 2010?
UKTony
Blast. He is the one big money player that I wouldn't have minded selling. Now who will we sell in his place?
Gandor1
Blast. He is the one big money player that I wouldn't have minded selling. Now who will we sell in his place?
Gandor1
Not good news. A team that doesn't score enough already, has just had one of it's outlets taken away.
pentonpompey
Not good news. A team that doesn't score enough already, has just had one of it's outlets taken away.
pentonpompey
Will be a great loss in the run in because he has skill. But as soon as I saw him on the stretcher against Bolton I think we all knew that he would not play again this season.
eastneydave
Will be a great loss in the run in because he has skill. But as soon as I saw him on the stretcher against Bolton I think we all knew that he would not play again this season.
eastneydave
Let's hope he sees the last ankle surgeon that Freddie Flintoff used who managed to sort out the problems caused by all the previous ones being so cack. Ankle solved so well that Freddie's knees have now gone out in sympathy.
hammersmithblue
Let's hope he sees the last ankle surgeon that Freddie Flintoff used who managed to sort out the problems caused by all the previous ones being so cack. Ankle solved so well that Freddie's knees have now gone out in sympathy.
hammersmithblue
Bye bye Niko - I doubt I will see you play again in a Pompey shirt.
sneakay
Bye bye Niko - I doubt I will see you play again in a Pompey shirt.
sneakay
Who'll replace him as the player we sell for big bucks? Probably Johnson, but it'll be horrible to see him go.
powered_by_pies
Who'll replace him as the player we sell for big bucks? Probably Johnson, but it'll be horrible to see him go.
powered_by_pies
This is a huge blow for the rest of this season - just as well we're more or less safe. As for moving on, if he's OK for pre-season he might do anyway. Although Niko himself said he wanted to stay. OK, I know, I know, it doesn't mean anything, I just like to think it does sometimes. He said the same at the end of last season and he's still here! I think we might have to brace ourselves to losing Glen Johnson though.
tracyc
This is a huge blow for the rest of this season - just as well we're more or less safe. As for moving on, if he's OK for pre-season he might do anyway. Although Niko himself said he wanted to stay. OK, I know, I know, it doesn't mean anything, I just like to think it does sometimes. He said the same at the end of last season and he's still here! I think we might have to brace ourselves to losing Glen Johnson though.
tracyc
Well we may as well get used to being without him now. Yes he is very skillful but he does go missing in games. The real worry is his sell on price. Clubs may want to pay less or structure the maney over many years!
storagematt
Well we may as well get used to being without him now. Yes he is very skillful but he does go missing in games. The real worry is his sell on price. Clubs may want to pay less or structure the maney over many years!
storagematt
will be a big loss for the rest of the season. I hope he stays to next season, as he is a player we can build the team around. if we can get a solid defence, then with kranjcar on the pitch, there is a chance we can beat anybody. without him, we have no creativity.
pompeycarpet
will be a big loss for the rest of the season. I hope he stays to next season, as he is a player we can build the team around. if we can get a solid defence, then with kranjcar on the pitch, there is a chance we can beat anybody. without him, we have no creativity.
pompeycarpet
having said that, it is MUCH more important that we keep johnson. you know, we havn't won a game that he hasn't been in the team all season!
pompeycarpet
having said that, it is MUCH more important that we keep johnson. you know, we havn't won a game that he hasn't been in the team all season!
pompeycarpet
Bad News :/ One of Pompeys best players with out a doubt! Huge blow for us. Hopefully you'll be back in a Pompey shirt next season, dont think many clubs will want to buy an injured player, wont be back trainiing to pre-season at the least, get better soon Niko
LaurenKranjcar
Bad News :/ One of Pompeys best players with out a doubt! Huge blow for us. Hopefully you'll be back in a Pompey shirt next season, dont think many clubs will want to buy an injured player, wont be back trainiing to pre-season at the least, get better soon Niko
LaurenKranjcar
Rug, they dont need to see him play, they will just give him a medical. I think that is the last time Niko will wear the blue.
nodster
Rug, they dont need to see him play, they will just give him a medical. I think that is the last time Niko will wear the blue.
nodster
Every Pompey fan wants him and Johson to stay on at the club, but I doubt it. I mean I think that we will sell them both. Hopefully, Niko will remain, as he is quality, and we need that bit of quality.
Pompey Malta
Every Pompey fan wants him and Johson to stay on at the club, but I doubt it. I mean I think that we will sell them both. Hopefully, Niko will remain, as he is quality, and we need that bit of quality.
Pompey Malta
Every Pompey fan except me it seems Malta.. Sure I want Johnson to stay but Niko can and should go .. He might show flashes of brilliance now and again but for me he is more hype than substance.. This injury is a blow not because he won't play this season but because if he is not fit for the transfer window opening he'll start next season in blue and be off come January .. and Pompey will not be able to cash in as much as his contract is up next summer... I just hope he recovers in July so he can be sold .. 8-10 million will buy us a lot more than what he offers I reckon.. Sorry not a Kranjcar lover
Chix
Every Pompey fan except me it seems Malta.. Sure I want Johnson to stay but Niko can and should go .. He might show flashes of brilliance now and again but for me he is more hype than substance.. This injury is a blow not because he won't play this season but because if he is not fit for the transfer window opening he'll start next season in blue and be off come January .. and Pompey will not be able to cash in as much as his contract is up next summer... I just hope he recovers in July so he can be sold .. 8-10 million will buy us a lot more than what he offers I reckon.. Sorry not a Kranjcar lover
Chix
 

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