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Boateng, Yebda and Diop 'ready' to return?

Boateng, Yebda and Diop 'ready' to return?

The News is saying that Kevin-Prince Boateng, Hassan Yebda and Papa Bouba Diop are all 'set' to return to training this week, so long as they get the all clear, which then puts them into contention for a place in the semi final squad...

Tommy Smith will also have his 'custom made' phantom of the opera mask delivered tomorrow to ensure that he can play a part!

People will argue that it is 'convenient' that these 3 are pushing for a return with a semi final coming up, and perhaps it is, and whilst I think that Boateng's attitude has stank BIG time and think that others are more deserving of a place at Wembley can anyone really, hand on heart, say that they do not want us to field our 'strongest' side - that would include the whinger, right?

The semi final is as much about us going to Wembley again and 'enjoying the day' and showing the world that we are still 'Pompey and proud' but I know, speaking for myself personally, that I also desperately want to win this game to return to Wembley for a chance of completing a fairytale and WINNING the FA cup again!

Yep, chances are that NONE of these 3 players will be here next season, and I also suspect that none of the 3 will 'want' to be here anyway - although fact of the matter is they ARE here now and WILL be paid regardless, so we have to make the most of them really? And yep, they probably will ONLY be looking to put themselves in the 'shop window', but again this 'should' benefit us, as if they can add a bit to their value and take away a cup final place, maybe even a cup winners medal it has to be a case of 'so be it' in many ways.

I cannot stick mercenaries, and feel 'on the whole' we have lost 'most' of these, but beggars cannot be chooser can they, and as much as anything selection this weekend will be down to who is fit as much as anything!

So, with that in mind, like I say, the strongest side we can put out the better...

We WILL need some creativity in that midfield, the likes of Boateng and Yebda can offer us this so we cannot be looking to cut off our nose to spite our face, can we?


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Date:Tuesday April 6 2010
Time: 12:00PM


KPB cannot be match fit and Diop has disappointed this season, but I would welcome Yebda back into the starting XI.
06/04/2010 12:15:00
for me diop is done, that last knee injury - the major one picked up at arsenal last season finish him...which begs the question WHY was he offered a new contract last summer!
it is clear to see that he is unhappy on the pitch, he will not go in for a tackle anymore and WILL NOT jump to try and head the ball, with it 'almost' as if he fear he will damage his knee, or legs somehow, when he lands...
good points on boateng, so probably a place on the bench at best then bring him on later?
06/04/2010 12:21:00
Couldn't agree more Rug, although like wellyit I don't have a problem with Yebda. Diop for me is a bottler, he's a big bloke but behaves like a Ballerina, always has. He falls over more than Heskey and thats saying something. Avram has some decisions to make, however, we need players who want to play and want to beat Spurs. Motivation shouldn't be a issue, it's committment, energy and heart that we need. Get all over the Spurs players like a rash for 90mins and disrupt their game plan. We can do it, and we want players out their who want it as much as we do!!
06/04/2010 13:54:00
Give me Yebda, Utaka, Dindane, Brown and Wilson across the middle on Sunday and I will be happy Belhadj back left, Finnan right Mokena and Rocha in the middle
06/04/2010 16:13:00
Beldadj trained today not Yebda - should be back tomorrow. Deal for Dindane with Blackburn and we might even manage to fill the bench.
06/04/2010 20:38:00
crouch and Krunchie scored last time we met...this time it will be KPB and Brown...I love a bit of symmetry
plymouth graham
06/04/2010 22:17:00
I would play Boateng all the way especially since we will be missing O'Hara. Yebda will be a good choice too. Regarding Diop, the lad has been very inconsistent since Arry' days. I would go for Basinas, as the man can be very creative. Talking about next season? We will have a totally different team next term; perhaps the unwanted ones will remain here, the likes of Mokoena, Mullins and Hughes. Ah what a prospect, but at least they will be playing for their life...and that is what we need, some good football in a division that perhaps suits us better...for then!
Pompey Malta
07/04/2010 07:32:00
Belhadj will be a plus for you won't he? Good luck anyway.
SFC Forever
07/04/2010 15:06:00
Alright peeps im a Spurs fan and am glad that you are going to have a squad for sunday and if im honest I am genuinely worried about this game! We have players out/ cup tied in crucial positions and if you exploit that and get an early goal you will go from strength to strength and we could collapse! Your a good club and deserve more this season and I think every neautral in the country will be behind you! Im looking forward to what I think will be an open game with goals but a tight scoreline! I obviously hope we win, but good luck to all of you Sunday, possibly the final and next year!!
07/04/2010 16:07:00
That's interesting to hear Muller, you've made my evening! I wish we could tell Boateng where to get off after his attitude, but in our current plight with lack of fit players, I'm not sure we can afford to. I would be delighted if Belhadj is back though. It wouldn't be good to rely on the kids for this one - first ever senior match at Wembley? Not fair on anyone.
07/04/2010 19:22:00
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