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Campbell hoping for weekend return

Sol Campbell has spoken to pfcTV about his latest injury set back and the frustration it has left him with, for both club and country but he is remaining positive about both as he steps up his training ahead of his latest injury comeback and is targeting Saturday's game with Liverpool as a possible return date.

The Pompey captain had an injection last week and is now stepping up the training, by swimming and cycling and hopes to get back on the training pitch by Wednesday or Thursday to give himself a chance of being back to face Liverpool on Saturday - which is his target.

The disappointment of having to withdraw from the England squad again was something that he also spoke about, but he is remaining positive about his England chances, but first and foremost he is just looking to get back playing for Pompey, but knows that is he does then he still has every chance of being selected again for England next month.

He signed his new contract with Pompey last week as he can see the club are moving in the right direction so he also again set out his aims for the season, which are to see Pompey quality for Europe at the end of the campaign, not just missing out as we did last season.

Games are won by scoring goals, but preventing them also stops you from losing, so a defence with Campbell in it always makes me more confident that this defence can repel opposing sides, so if he can return on Saturday it would be a massive boost and give us even more of a chance of getting the three points we are craving against a much fancied Liverpool side.

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday September 10 2007

Time: 5:32PM

Your Comments

We'll need him, the scousers will be a tough one.
storagematt
i think arsenal proved how much we miss him
paultsmouth
We need him very much, a fit Sol is essential for us to get results against teams like Liverpool. Alongside Sylvain they form one of the best defensive pairings in the division. Plus if Linvoy gets fit he has another top notch partner if required, and knowing Linvoy he will answer any call in an emphatic manner.
Owenspompey
Sol is key because of his organisation of the back four something that comes with his experience at the top level plus I expect the help of Tony Adams on the training ground. Distin said when he signed that he wanted to learn from Sol presumably because he tends to get caught out of position at times, which to be honest Sol did in his early days.
eastneydave
We have 3 very impressive defenders!!! like i have said elsewhere, a formation of 3-5-2 was mentioned by harry during pre-season, and with the arival of Glen Johnson, this could be a really effective formation for us, as it would seem to be matty taylor and glens natural positions - and it would allow us to play more men in our impressive midfield (diop would also fit in as a holding midfielder behind muntari and mendes). This is a formation i would be intrested in seeing, although the possibility has only come about becasue of our impressive defence!!!
pompeycarpet
if that approach was taken, which i doubt - not saying i wouldnt want it though - i think kranjcar has to fit into it and could in a free role through the middle of midfield...
pompeyrug
We will be in 4-4-2 lads, Harry will go with what he is comfortable with, whether that is right or wrong we could debate all night. I would love to have a go at Liverpool and attack is probably the best form of defence against them, but we will play in our normal way.
Owenspompey
Liverpool is one of the toughest tests we are going to face at home this season, Harry knows this and will play it safe. My fear is they will pick us apart if we do this, we need to attack!
L L Blue
sure, it will be 4-4-2 against liverpool, but i am suggesting he could play this against some of the less ...presteige... teams such as fulham and birmingham. Kranjcar could very easly take the place of diop in my 3-5-2 formation if we were going for a moe attacking formation, or could take the place of mendes or muntari if neither were playing very well (or even matty). The only problem i have seen with 3-5-2 is it pushes Utaka upfront, which is in many ways a good thing, but i also think he is most impresive out wide. 4-4-2 against liverpool (and probably blackburn) but from then, lets hope for something more imaginative.
pompeycarpet
Think, as some said earlier, we are missing Sol's organisation as much as anything, hope he is fit for the scousers.
pompey4me
yep you need Sol man, not sure about Linvoy dont think he will be up to it will he. as for 3-5-2 formation the problem with that is if any PL team get through the 5, they will probably score
russellm
dont underestimate sol, sylvain and linvoy - they would be very solid at the back, and the wing backs would/could also play ore defensivly, so it wouldnt be such a rigid formation, and it would effectivly make us a lot more flexible...on the other hand, it could as you say leave us vulnerable - but only if people ont so there jobs!
pompeycarpet
The hardest Liverpool side we have faced in the Prem. We must be at our best if we want to avoid defeat, and I am only talking about a draw.
pompeygray
Liverpool will be a stern test whichever XI they pit out, their manager is a shrewd man and will insist they come and get the three points. We will have to play very well on Saturday and quickly erase all memories of that poor performance against Arsenal.
Owenspompey
i have no doubt that there will NOT be any of the mistakes seen against arsnal, however liverpool have the potential to force mistakes onto us, so not only must we avoid getting ourselves into trouble, but the trouble liverpool will get us into. Liverpool will come looking for the win, so its up to the fans to tell them to go away, and the playors to make them go away. PUP
pompeycarpet
I just hope every player has it in their hearts to make up for the poor performance last time out, if they have any pride they will be determined to make it up to us. We usually do well against them and it will be nice to snatch a point or three against them. I hope gerrard is awesome against Russia, but a hamstring pull in the 90th minute when we are 4-0 up would be ok, the same injury for Torres, Kuyt and Vorinin would be good, just enough to keep them out of the way for 7 days.
Owenspompey
I agree Owenspompey, only worry is they can still put out a hell of a team which could cause a few problems. Positive Mental Attitude a draw.
L L Blue
Yes that is right, lets give it a go and see what we can get from the game, and hope that all our players return injury free from their international week so that we can put out our strongest team.
Owenspompey
the anticipation really is building for the game...i doubt very much that liverpool fans feel the same way, but it would be nice if they did. I have a funny feeling it will all be an anti-climax, and neither team will perform well, but someone will snatch a late goal. Remember the Man U v. AC milan game (i think it was AC milan...) - just after they destroyed roma, they completly failed to play. i think it will be like that - liverpool smash derby, then muiss the bus down.
pompeycarpet
im sure that the scousers are looking forward to this match with as much anticipation as we are - much like most of the other big sides they dont like coming to fratton do they tho. im confident that we can not only get a draw but all 3 pts - then again im positive about virtually every match pompey ever play and almost always think we will win...
pompeyrug
We are looking forward to it. After the win against Derby, we're brimming with confidence but, obviously, Portsmouth will be a much more difficult match.
Aamir
most certainly mate - with all due respect to derby most teams should be beating them away from pride part. it should be a good game shouldnt it.
pompeyrug
Should be. I'm going for a 2-1 win for Liverpool.
Aamir
I hope we give you a tough time Aamir and i would settle for a point against your team as they are bang on form.
Owenspompey
What's the latest news on Campbell? Will he be playing?
Aamir
It would appear that he will train tomorrow and the signs are that he will be fit to play, ithink i speak for every Pompey fan when i say that we need him to be fit, and to lead the team on Saturday.
Owenspompey
you certainly do mate - and most, if not all would agree... im going for a 2-1 pompey win myself Aamir, that got my vote too.
pompeyrug
yep put a pavarotti on us to win, not sure who will start, i can see this one as possibly a Kanu, Utaka front two.
russellm
 

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