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Ben-Haim 'set' to miss semi

Ben-Haim 'set' to miss semi

Tal Ben-Haim looks 'set' to join The Herminator and Danny Webber in missing the semi final with Spurs a week on Sunday.

Pompey coach Paul Groves, who says he has never seen an injury crisis like we are having now, told The News: 'Tal's been to see his national team doctor.

'He will be a big doubt. A lot are coming on to their rehab work but he is looking increasingly doubtful for the semi-final.'

We already knew that The Herminator and Webber were out, Ben-Haim missing out is obviously a blow given his experience - even if, in all honesty, I have not been convinced by him all in all his season.

Clearly I would have preferred to be with, than without, him for the semi - but hey ho!

Another that will miss the semi is Quincy with it 'claimed' that he has moved to Qatar to sign for Al Saad, after being recalled by Spartak Moscow - this has not been 'officially' confirmed yet though, well as far as I can see?

Groves is 'hopeful' that Marc Wilson, Papa Bouba Diop and Nadir Belhadj will all be back, or at least 'could' be fighting to be in contention...

It would be fantastic to have Belhadj back, so lets keep our fingers crossed!

Assuming Wilson is fit it looks like it will be him and Rocha John Rocha in the middle of the defence - that, in itself, is a touch 'frightening', but what can you do eh?

To be fair to Rocha John Rocha he was starting to look 'better' when played as a central defender as opposed to a fullback!

It must be almost nailed on that Joel Ward will make his league debut at the weekend, as we quite literally do not have another central defender available do we?

Even if we start shifting the fullbacks that we do have fit - and there are not many of these either - into the middle, we are then short of fullback so it will have to be Ward and/or Leonard Sowah playing in the back 4 against Blackburn, surely?

As already said, missing some of these players is a massive blow to us although we 'seem' to be getting a 'few' players back now, so as that global supermarket chain says 'every little helps!' - although clearly we cannot take ANY risks with anyone this weekend against Blackburn can we...

PLAY UP POMPEY!


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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Wednesday March 31 2010
Time: 8:58AM

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jesus christ, I do not mean to sound patronising but I really do feel sorry for you guys, some of the most passionate fans in the league and since you have been on the "floor" you have received kick after kick and it must be heartbreaking to see your club like that. I sincerely hope that you can regroup next season and bounce back, IMHO there are a couple of clubs who are more deserving of this situation then pompey, good luck anyway and see you at wembley!
paddypower
31/03/2010 09:19:00
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Roll out the young guns now. If they play out of their skins they could be in contention for a place at Wembley! That is something to play for.
sneakay
31/03/2010 11:51:00
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Obviously as a Spurs fan I hope we thrash you at wembley, but I also want to beat the best team you have, not a bunch of kids and squad players who would otherwise be deemed not good enough.
oxfordspur
31/03/2010 15:55:00
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Rocha John Rocha playing on painkillers with a broken face... hmm, let's see...how many red cards can you get in one game? That bloke got six the other week didn't he?
hammersmithblue
31/03/2010 17:24:00
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Anyone 80+ fit has a chance of playing. If Spurs turn it on & we don't turn it could get quite scary. Hoping Belhadj is fit & HR has some smypathy for us.
storagematt
04/04/2010 20:58:00
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