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Finnan to sit out opener?

The sight of Steve Finnan limping away from the Benfica defeat last weekend was something that many feared would happen sooner or later, but for it to happen after some 25 minutes of what had been a decent enough debut was hard to take...

According to what Finnan has told The News he will be out for a while, which definitely rules him out of the Fulham game for starters: 'I think it's going to be three weeks or something like that.

'On top of that I also need more pre-season training, so we'll just have to see

It is 'said' that there are serious doubts over him being fit for Birmingham and Arsenal as well.

Positives that he was taking were 'at least it is not a recurrence of an old injury, so that is something' but I do like his attitude and have liked what I have heard from him so far - he sounds very much like he is one of those that 'does' want to be here: 'hopefully it will not be that long. I desperately want to get out there and play football for Portsmouth.

'I've been here a week now and am really enjoying it. I've been made to feel very welcome and it was good bonding in Portugal.

'I can't wait to get out there again.'

All we can do is hope that this is just one of those 'unfortunate things' that happens and it came about more due to a lack of a proper half time warm up and is not going to set the tone of his Pompey career...I think it would be unfair to write him off as a completely 'crock' until he comes back from this setback, if others repeatedly followed then fair enough.

We now have to decide who comes in to replace him?

Do we turn to Martin Cranie, Marc Wilson, Younes Kaboul, Luke Wilkinson or one of the trialist's we have looked at? But that would mean signing them.

All in all we are not exactly lacking cover in that area, but the lack of experience is the worry. If we shifted Kaboul across we then need to move someone else into the heart of the defence.

I would guess a lot also depends on The Herminator's fitness? If he is back maybe that is an option in the middle if Kaboul goes out onto the right, and we then fill in the left back spot?

A name that I would not completely rule out playing at either left or right back is young James Hurst - I reckon that he has real quality about him, so, inexperienced or not, if he is good enough why not give him a go...


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday August 6 2009

Time: 8:25AM

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Surely as a professional footballer players understand the need for a through warm up and the need to keep oneself fit during close season (even more so if you are looking to move clubs). Should be fined for each week he is unable to play!
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06/08/2009 08:39:00

Don't want to be any more cynical than usual but I fear he'll be out for a chunk of the season with a few injuries. With a one year deal his loyalty to the cause will be limited. Players are no hurry to return to a struggling team either!!!
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06/08/2009 08:43:00

I think with the older players they should be on a pay as you play contract and that would focus their minds on keeping fit and giving it 100% each week. That said its a real shame that Finnan will miss possibly the first 3 games. Still its a great opportunity for the likes of Cranie and co to show what they can do.
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06/08/2009 09:11:00

bluedr....I think that's a bit harsh mate. A hamstring can go at anytime, it's just sods law that this has happened. Although I didn't start whooping for joy when Finnan arrived, there's one thing you could never fault the bloke for and that's his professionalism. The guy has always been a stalwart where ever he's been.
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06/08/2009 09:26:00

Marc Wilson would not touch my Pompey team, bloody cretin - he's lightweight as well. Cranie is clearly the best replacement and should be our nș.1 right-back if he can transfer his U-21 form to the Premiership.
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06/08/2009 09:46:00

What a suprise finnan to miss out. That what happens when you buy older players.
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06/08/2009 10:29:00

Re Finnan - get used to it
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06/08/2009 10:32:00

Mokoena will fill in. We will play like this at the back - Kaboul, Mokoena, Distin, Hermann (if not injured). I just hope he get back to his fitness Finnan. He is a great player.
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06/08/2009 11:28:00

Malta .. Mokoena has been bought to play in Midfield .. Paul Hart has already stated this publicly twice.. It has to be Cranie and if it isn't (and like whizz says it should be anyway) he'd be right to kick the managers door down and ask for a transfer.. he's an U21 who we have had for two years to develop .. WHAT HAS HE GOT TO DO TO PROVE HIMSELF !.. If it was me I would have walked out the moment Hart signed Finnan .. it one thing playing seconf fiddle to Glen Johnson.. but a 33 crock takes the biscuit.. Cranie for me every time ..
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