UK time is: 03:45:37
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Mendes Set For Return Against Wigan

"Rocket man" Pedro Mendes, who returned to training last week is set to return to first team action on Saturday as Pompey face Wigan Athletic at Fratton Park.

After returning to training last week after a neurologist gave him the all clear, Mendes, who spent the night in Manchester Royal Infirmary following his infamous run in with Ben Thatcher (which we all know everything about so no need to again go into details) is almost certain to be part of the squad, along with new signings Niko Kranjcar, Roudolphe Douala, and possibly the fit again Lomana LuaLua on Saturday. Mendes himself probably even back to the starting XI.

One new signing who is likely to miss out will be Andrew Cole as he looks to build up his match fitness following injury. Cole, who ultimately came in as Svetoslav Todorov's replacement had this to say on the official Portsmouth website following his arrival.

"The good thing about Fratton Park is that the fans are electric. I watched them when Arsenal came down and won, but at no stage did the fans have a moan or groan about the Portsmouth team, and they applauded Arsenal for playing so well. Things like that stick in your mind, they always get behind their team and give 100% which is always a good thing."

"I know Jamo [David James]; I know Sol and I've played with David Thompson as well which is always important when you come to a new club because you can fit in straight away. I know the club are trying to push forward, buying players and trying to start something new and I want to be a part of that."

Cole is a quality signing, over 200 goals in just over 450 games isn't a bad ration and speaks for itself. For the past 16 years, from Bristol City up to Manchester City he has averaged almost a goal every other game, with some teams, most notably Newcastle (55 in 70 games) even better.

At 34 years-old Cole still has at least the two-years of his contract to offer, and although in the twilight of his career Andrew Cole is yet another name that I could only have wished of seeing in a Pompey shirt as little as a few years back.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday September 5 2006

Time: 1:18PM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
Great news. Welcome back Pedro.
sandgroanun
Report Abuse
05/09/2006 14:14:00

This is excellent news, big admirer of Pedro Mendes and think you Would get near 7.5 million back if he was sold tomorrow and another good player plus Noe.
TeddyLyon
Report Abuse
05/09/2006 14:31:00

This should have been six weeks, plus the time Pedro was out and then a few weeks suspended, hope he scores.
WheresLes?
Report Abuse
05/09/2006 14:37:00

I can see a pedro piledriver on Saturday to mark his return...
pompeyrug
Report Abuse
05/09/2006 14:39:00

Let's hope so, *fingers crossed* no one injures him!
Westov
Report Abuse
05/09/2006 16:23:00

No doubt Pedro will have a few minders on the pitch & 20,000 off it.
storagematt
Report Abuse
05/09/2006 19:32:00

yep reckon he'll be having a good game against Wigan, though he'll have to watch out for Roberts..ooops he's gone, i mean Bullard, oops there i go again, or was it Chimbonda,... nope. Ah yes its the scummer
russellm
Report Abuse
05/09/2006 21:21:00

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Portsmouth Articles

On this day in history...24th January (Saturday January 24 2015)

The Tinkerman (Friday January 23 2015)

On this day in history...23rd January (Friday January 23 2015)

Pompey MOTM - Burton (h) (Thursday January 22 2015)

On this day in history...22nd January (Thursday January 22 2015)

More changes at Fratton (Wednesday January 21 2015)

On this day in history...21st January (Wednesday January 21 2015)

On this day in history...20th January (Tuesday January 20 2015)

Enjoying his return (Monday January 19 2015)

Archived Portsmouth Articles

List All Vital Pompey Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. gentleman jim 85
2. pompeyrug 81
3. cornypomp 43
4. Pompeytim 42
5. storagematt 29
6. eastneydave 29
7. Emsworthianblue 25
8. Copnor43 22
9. mslorna48 17
10. Jimsmithswig 13

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
15. Accrington 25 10 3 12 -7 33
16. Oxford 27 7 9 11 -6 30
17. Cheltenham 27 7 9 11 -13 30
18. Portsmouth 26 7 8 11 -5 29
19. York 27 5 13 9 -5 28
20. Mansfield 26 7 7 12 -12 28
21. Carlisle 27 8 3 16 -16 27

Breaking League News

The Opposition View - Mansfield Town
Wycombe : 25/01/2015 01:44:00
Wycombe escape Mansfield scrap with valuable point
Wycombe : 24/01/2015 21:18:00
Wycombe : 24/01/2015 19:45:00
We deserved victory - Wilcox
York : 24/01/2015 19:41:00
Hartlepool : 24/01/2015 18:55:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Pompey v Southend
Suggested By:  pompeyrug
Pompey win 17%
Draw 50%
Southend win 33%