Date: 10th March 2011 at 1:01pm
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When will Danny Webber be back?

This is something that seems to have been asked by many for God knows how long – it was this date, then that date, although now it is looking like any return will ‘probably’ be next season, and ‘maybe’ not even with Pompey…

I would guess that most have seen the articles on The News and The Pompey Site today saying that technology from NASA has been used to help give him ‘lift-off’. You would have also, I would have thought too, seen that he is now returning to training with the 1st team.

So, Webber is actually taking some proactive steps towards a footballing return, which is good for him although will it actually be to Pompey’s benefit?

Given the time it will ‘probably’ take him to get up to anything like match fitness, with about 2-months of the season left will there be time for him to do so sufficiently for him to be given a chance by Steve Cotterill?

If the stance that has previously been taken by Cotterill is anything to go by you would have to say that it is ‘unlikely’ that we will see Webber have much, if any, involvement for Pompey this season, if ever again…

I do think that it has been a shame, for him and us, that Webber has been out for the season as I maintain my thoughts that as an out-and-out striker, he is not a winger, he is the best goalscorer that we have, and have had for a while.

That would have seen him do well at this level.

He is the kind of poacher that I suspect would have thrived on some of the balls we have been putting into the box that a striker, with a strikers instinct, loves – Dave Nugent and Dave Kitson do not have that ‘poachers instinct’ as we have seen on countless occasions this season.

With his contract expiring at the end of the season I would think that the chances of him being offered another a ‘slim’, and any deal would surely have to be a short-term one, maybe on a pay-as-you-play type thing whilst he proves his fitness?

On the right sort of deal, something like mentioned above, I do think that it would be worth at least testing the waters and ‘if’ he proves himself give him a little something more long-term.

Surely the guy would understand, given his time out, the fact that we would not want to give him a long-term contract straight off the bat, and I suspect few other clubs would do that either.

So, with that in mind given the time, effort and money that has been invested in his rehabilitation I would ‘hope’ that this is something that is at least explored by both parties…

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