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Davis struggling to be fit for Villa

Davis struggling to be fit for Villa

Having missed the draw with Everton last weekend Sean Davis is looking doubtful again for this weekends visit to Villa - which will be a blow, probably more so than many would have thought just a few months ago...

Davis has a 'minor hamstring tear' which is said to have responded well to treatment, but the overall opinion is that he will do well to recover in time to feature against Villa.

I think we really missed him against Everton, and it showed. He has been offering fantastic cover to the back four, but is also bombing forward at every given moment and although it might not have made any difference my thinking is that had he been able to get forward as he has been, maybe he could have made the difference in that game?

But, as they say every cloud has a silver lining. Pedro Mendes would look like having another chance in his absence this weekend. But in all honesty he has not really taken the chances that he has been given so far, which surprises me as I think he is a fantastic footballer, but at the same time players need a run of games to get a rhythm more often than not. Mendes did look more impressive against Everton than he had previously this season though.

To be honest - but this could then leave us exposed? - I would be tempted to play Papa Bouba Diop in more of a holding role, his mobility could then see him get up and down the pitch better than Mendes can, so his threat could then be better utilised further up the pitch - but then again this is what Harry Redknapp is paid for, so whatever he decides will be the best thing...

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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Thursday December 6 2007
Time: 1:08PM

Comments

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It will be a blow not to have him in the squad, but then again that leaves the door open for other players hungry for playing time to take his spot, hopefully they will perform as well as him
whitestones
06/12/2007 15:30:00
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hopefully mate - that is what we need, we need players that want to play, and when they do play they play to their best... its down to mendes - assuming davis misses out and mendes is selected - to make the most of his chance.
pompeyrug
06/12/2007 16:14:00
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it dosent matter who plays your going to get bet anyway
claretandblue
06/12/2007 16:21:00
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I'm happy with Mendes in that position. He has looked stronger ewith very game. A couple of the reviews I read after the Everton game gave Mendes MoM (with the rest giving it, deservedly I think, to Muntari).
NorthStandDan
06/12/2007 17:32:00
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Not good news really, Davis has been a revelation this season...still fancy our chances of picking up the points regardless.
Tantona
06/12/2007 20:12:00
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At least at last Davis is getting his just plaudits. During the summer when it was mooted he could be on the move, there were not many fans on here that were fussed if he stayed. Having seen him 3 times in pre season I was convinced of his quality...any one who saw his sublime goal against Havant will agree. im so glad he's here, good allround squad player
pentonpompey
06/12/2007 20:42:00
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We seem to play better with him in the side, his tidying up is superb
paultsmouth
06/12/2007 20:49:00
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i did say that he looked a different player in pre-season, but tbh i was one of the people that had said out of all those that could have gone he would have been one that i would have least minded... how glad i am now that he has stayed tho! paul you are right, we are better with him in the side, and he will be missed but im with you Tantona - i still fancy us to win regardless.
pompeyrug
06/12/2007 23:37:00
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My fear is collection of booking when he plays. a few more & he will have a 2 match ban & heaven only knows we need him come ANC. Pedro or no Pedro.
storagematt
07/12/2007 09:27:00
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another reason why we need him fit now, we could do with him doing a 'tactical beckham' and picking these up so he misses games when he wont be missed as much... altho saying that he will be missed whenever - who would have thought we would be saying this a few months back...
pompeyrug
07/12/2007 12:41:00
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