‘Down to the bare bones…’

The phrase ‘Down to the bare bones,’ is a phrase many Pompey fans have heard in recent years, especially when Harry Redknapp has been in charge.

And although before the beginning of every new season, Redknapp, Storrie and Gaydamark go in the hunt for new players, the squad never turns out big enough, so it seems anyway.

The latest players to take up refuge in Pompey’s treatment room include striker David Nugent, midfielders Papa Bouba Diop, Sean Davis and Lassana Diarra and captain Sol Campbell.

Redknapp told The News, “I’ve got a load of injuries. Papa has torn a hamstring and Sean Davis has torn a groin muscle so they are out for a few weeks at least.

“Lassana Diarra has a bad knock on his knee, so we are desperately short in midfield.

“We’ve got a game on Sunday, we’ve got the UEFA Cup on Thursday and then another game on the Sunday and I’ve got 17 players who are anywhere near fit.

With a number of key players out injured, the Portsmouth manager conceded that a lot of fringe players would now be getting some first team opportunities.

“I’ll have to bring a load of fringe players in, those who haven’t been playing will play.

“Richard Hughes has only been back in training for one day, but I’ve got to throw him straight in as there is nobody else.

“Glen Little will play, Arnold Mvuemba will be there too. It’s a chance for them so let’s see what they can do in there.

Boss Redknapp also admitted that England international Jermain Defoe would be rested for tonight’s encounter with Chelsea, giving match practice to FA Cup hero Kanu.

“I’ll rest Jermain Defoe, he’s got a knock, so Kanu will play, he needs a game. He’s had one reserve game since coming back to training, he’s short of fitness really.

“Herman Hreidarsson and Noe Pamarot will come in and play, I have got to play all them lads, there’s no-one else.”

Many Pompey fans will be hoping physio Gary Sadler, will be working wonders in the treatment room over the next few weeks as it seems Pompey will need all the players they can get, in their current situation.

One Response to “‘Down to the bare bones…’”

  1. Ibracadabra Says:

    As a Pompey fan myself, I am getting nervous about this weekend’s encounter with Tottenham. Tottenham are like a boxer on the mat, down but not out, ready to come out swinging as out Blue Army are in shambles! What do you guys think? I’ve included a bit on Portsmouth in our fantasy preview this weekend at nevercaptainnickybutt.blogspot.com and would LOVE your thoughts! Cheers!

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