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Stefanovic Injury Blow?

Stefanovic Injury Blow?

Pompey defender, and captain Dejan Stefanovic will require a scan on a foot injury sustained in the victory over Wigan on Saturday to determine whether or not he has broken a toe?

I refer to the injury as "Stefanovic Injury Blow?" in the title as although we would prefer not to pick up injuries, especially down the problematic left hand side Dejan, despite some good performances this season as a left-back as opposed to his regular central defensive position, in which Linvoy Primus (who has been SUPERB) has been preferred alongside Sol Campbell, the Serbian isn't a player that all Pompey fans rate.

The 33-year-old, former Serbian International moved to Fratton Park from Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem in the close season of 2003 for a fee of £1.85m, which at the time would then be a club record fee paid out by Pompey.

Regular football, something he would have no trouble with whilst in Holland would prove easier for him this time in England with Pompey, his time with Sheffield Wednesday in the mid-late 1990's would see this a struggle, in four years between 1995 and 1999 he would only make 66 first team appearances.

One of Redknapp's boys, the Serb has been a regular under his tutelage, voted fans Player of the year for the 2004/05 season. Following Alain Perrin's ditching of the legedary Arjan De Zeeuw (one of the many, but arguably the WORST decisions the Frenchman would make!) Stefanovic would be handed the captain's arm band.

To accommodate Dejan this season Redknapp had moved him to a left-back position, and to be fair he has played some of his best football in some time so it will be a blow, although I have no concerns about Matty Taylor filling in at left-back, and although it would be a tough call if I had to choose between the two I'd plump for Taylor, Redknapp would probably see things differently however?

Stefanovic is also no stranger to controversy, his speaking out against Alain Perrin, confessing he did not give "100%" under him would not go down very well with the Pompey natives and his reported interest in applying for English citizenship in 2008, due to him by then having been a resident for a long enough period of time has gone down like a lead ballon in Serbia. He is seen as a traitor who only looks out for his best interests.

If Stefnovic's injury does prove to be a broken toe that could keep him out for a while then Taylor will almost certainly be the man to fill in. It would then be interesting to see what Redknapp does upon the Serbs return to full fitness...

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Date:Monday September 11 2006
Time: 4:33PM


Hmm not too sure pompeyrug, some of Matty's defensive tackling is a bit ropey. I of course say this in the full knowledge that Taylor will now perform brilliantly in that position. Hope the re arrangement means the clean sheets dont get messy at charlton. Personally another boring 1 goal win and the three points that go with it will do me fine.
11/09/2006 17:06:00
We should be alright, it'll be interestin to who gets the captaincy!
11/09/2006 18:20:00
Gary O'Neil wiould get captaincy. Sol wouldn't want it. If Stefan's toe is broke then Taylor would have to fill in. Not sure who would fill the gap. Either Kranjcar or Douala. They can both play on the left. Lets hope its not broken tho!
11/09/2006 18:59:00
Harry trusts Dejan & values his footballing knowledge, so he plays. I'm not convinced about him in the defence, shame we didn't get Gareth Barry, we wouldn't be having this discussion. Mt back in l;eft back & one of the new boys left midfield, maybe the Kranch. Need some solid play to get anything from the Valley of Doom.
11/09/2006 19:47:00
Matty's defending at the tail end of last season was superb, this side of his game has come on leaps and bounds...
11/09/2006 22:51:00
Barry would have been a fantastic signing, you can see why O'Neill was so keen to keep him, as his form this season, and last to be fair has been superb. What a left foot he has. If he's not back in the England squad by the end of the season McLaren needs his head looking at...
11/09/2006 22:52:00
pompeyrug, in the getting in the way, being an in your face nuisance type of thing Matty was great, still dont fancy his tackling though. I would have liked Barry at fratton LoL :-) if only to stop him playing a gainst us. What was his disciplinary record like last season? Cant seem to check at the moment but wasnt it a bit dodgy or am i confusing him with another.
11/09/2006 23:15:00
I Think the vacant position will be TAYLOR made for Matthew.
12/09/2006 06:37:00
Fair enough russellm. Barry would have been a great signing, best left sided player in England at the moment for me, certainly English left sided. Delivery almost inch perfect everytime. Barry picked up 10 yellow cards and 1 red card last season, I assume you were refering to him? Matty Taylor only 4 yellow's...
12/09/2006 10:53:00
I think matty will move to left back and whoever impresses him the most in the friendly that all the new signings are playing in will move ionto left-mid (likely to be kranjcar or Douala)!
12/09/2006 15:11:00
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