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Mokoena injury update/Lawrence's arrival

As soon as Aaron Mokoena landed after an attempted challenge with an Ipswich player yesterday, which was almost directly in line with where I sat, you could see that there was something wrong...

When he got up and tried to carry on, despite holding his leg and being in obvious pain, this became clearer, but did this stop him from putting his boot in again to make another challenge?

No, not at all!

After this though he went down and was eventually stretchered off - when the ambulance pulled up outside Fratton and he was taken away in this the worse was feared...

Although it was confirmed by Steve Cotterill, on The Pompey Site, that scans revealed that there is no leg break, as first feared, and the injury is in fact not too serious although it is still almost certain that he will miss Palace on Tuesday night: 'it's a big relief that Aaron's okay. He had a scan and has taken a bad whack on it but there's no break.

'It's been hard enough to get the sort of squad we have together without losing anyone to serious injury.

'It looks doubtful that Aaron will be available for Tuesday night's game at Crystal Palace, but you never know.'

I like Moko, he wears his heart on his sleeve and never gives up the battle - as his initial continuation despite the injury just highlighted again - although I am still not convinced by him as a midfielder!

For me in the back four alongside Rocha John Rocha, in place of Ibrahima Sonko, would clearly benefit us, but hey ho that is Cotterill's call to make...

One thing I do know is Hayden Mullins had a decent game in midfield but we certainly had more threat about us from this area when Michael Brown came on for Moko, and Mikey would be in my side every week without a doubt!

This looked a decent central pairing, so I look forward to seeing it again on Tuesday, as I assume we will...



As I suspect we all now know, unless you have been on another planet for the past 24-hours or so, Liam Lawrence is now officially a Pompey player - albeit on loan until the New Year when he will sign on properly.

This was confirmed before the game yesterday so he could make his debut - something, as he told The Pompey Site, he was 'delighted' to have seen happen: 'I'm delighted it's all done and now I just want to get out there and play for Portsmouth.

'Steve Cotterill has been a massive influence on me coming here. He was so positive about the club and about my move.

'I'm coming to a huge club and it's now up to us to turn things around. We're hoping it will be onwards and upwards for the season.'

The guy had a good debut, although I am not convinced that he was the man of the match, as given - but hey ho.

I have little doubt that he WILL be a very big, and important, player for us though and he will, as he himself admitted he would, just get better.

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  • The Journalist

    Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

    Date:Sunday September 12 2010

    Time: 12:00PM

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    I'd be delighted if the Axe was back before the weekend, or even next weekend. The way the commentators went on about it I thought we'd be without him until Christmas, and we can't really afford to lose anyone for that long, especially our captain.
    PompeyFrippy
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    12/09/2010 13:21:00

    Imagine getting Jamie OHara back in January aswell,I think with him Lawrence and Kitson we would be pushing for the play offs.
    JASON R
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    12/09/2010 13:38:00

    No disrespect to Cotterill but we might even have Avram asking to come back to people who love him!
    hammersmithblue
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    12/09/2010 13:42:00

    Sonko played well alongside Rocha. Distribution still questionable but looked really solid
    pros7
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    12/09/2010 15:08:00

    Good summary Rug, I really don't get why Mok's was put there in the midfield it makes a mockery ( no pun) of the manager's square pegs, round holes speech. I agree a defensive role looks more suitable.I'm pleased he's ok, I missed the injury happening, hopefully if he can't play the Palace game the manager will have to play Brown even if they don't get on so well. Lots more to come from Lawrence and spurs mate says Naughton incoming .
    russellm
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    12/09/2010 17:38:00

    Why would we get O'Hara back in January; where has that one come from? I don't see Harry going away from Avram Grant in this one; not to mention O Hara is a Hammer's fan.
    russellm
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    12/09/2010 17:41:00

    Have to agree with the Lawrence maybe not in my opinion being man of match, certainly very good and will be fresher next time out having not played 3 games in 8 days. No real bad performances by anyone, but I reckon Rocha would be right up there for my choice, he was rock solid and swept up everything and saved Dickenson for embarisment on a couple of occasions.
    blarmy
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    13/09/2010 07:57:00

    "Sonko played well....."?? Not from where I sat, he didn't. Distribution poor, too many glancing headers in defence, very reliant on his right leg. Horrible.
    uktony
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    13/09/2010 08:19:00

     

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