Double defensive blow
Nope, we do not have two defenders out - although 'technically' you could say we do with Halford suspended - we have one out that will see to another coming in...
Rocha John Rocha's hamstring injury, that will rule him out for at least 2-weeks, is a blow although the consequences of this 'frighten' me more!
It is 'likely' that Ibrahima Sonko will come back into the team as a result, hence the 'double defensive blow' title.
Defensively we have struggled enough as it is but with Sonko, sorry Sonks, you always fear, if not know, that there is at least one mistake in the offing from him - chuck Carl Dickinson and Aaron Mokoena into the mix and the circus is in town with mistakes galore awaiting us!
Alas this is our lot and they are all trying, very trying at times, so we persevere.
Rocha John Rocha and Moko just have not been able to really get going this season - if they could get a sustained run of games going we could, and should, see them at their best again as we did at the tail end of last season. The problem is Moko's individual errors, coupled with the mistakes he sometimes makes trying to cover for others 'seem' to be hitting him, and us, hard. Whereas RJR is being struck with his injury curse again, which caused him so much trouble during his time with Spurs.
There is a chance that Moko could be moved into midfield at the weekend against Brighton in the cup, with Sonko and The Herminator making up the central defensive pairing, although I think this scenario worries me more!
It will be interesting to see what line-up Steve Cotterill does go with this weekend though.
I know - and with some degree of understanding to be fair - that he is reluctant to bring Tom Kilbey into the side as he is 'not ready for this level' but Brighton are league one, albeit not for much longer, so they are not 'our level' are they. So, is this not a 'decent' game to give him a first start?
The cup is not a priority, I accept this - although I DO want us to have a good run as this boosts the money brought into the club, but with those thoughts in mind surely it makes even more sense to try an 'rest' someone and bring Kilbey in for that midfield start...
PLAY UP POMPEY!