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Campbell hoping for weekend return

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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Date:Monday September 10 2007
Time: 5:32PM

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We'll need him, the scousers will be a tough one.
10/09/2007 18:02:00
i think arsenal proved how much we miss him
10/09/2007 18:32:00
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.
10/09/2007 18:35:00
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.
10/09/2007 18:44:00
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!!!
10/09/2007 19:07:00
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...
10/09/2007 19:10:00
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.
10/09/2007 19:35:00
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
10/09/2007 19:50:00
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.
10/09/2007 19:51:00
Think, as some said earlier, we are missing Sol's organisation as much as anything, hope he is fit for the scousers.
10/09/2007 20:50:00
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