Date: 5th January 2009 at 7:36pm
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With midfielders thin on the ground as it is the confirmed news by physio Gary Sadler that Papa Bouba Diop will be out for 3-months is not something that we wanted, or needed to hear – but unfortunately that is the truth…

I think it is fair to say that the big Senegalese man mountain – or at least should be for a fella of his size, but does seem a bit soft – is not exactly a fan favourite, but when deployed in a central midfield role he always looks better, and put in a good shift against Arsenal in the game he got injured. To be fair he puts in the graft, so effort cannot be faulted really can it, it is just the quality just lets him down! But at least he does want to play for the club, I think that is evident.

Diop went over nastily on his knee and has damaged various areas of it against Arsenal over Christmas and that will keep him out for some time, for all intent and purpose most of the season that is left.

Newcastle had been ‘linked’ with £5m bid for him – surely not true! Either way that puts paid to that as well…

Jamie Ashdown will also be out for a month or more with Jerome Thomas facing a further 6 weeks out – I do not think we will see the fella play for the club again to be honest.

Richard Hughes is getting there and John Utaka – ‘linked’ with a £5.5m return to Rennes, Younes Kaboul and Glen Johnson are all well and truly back in training though and the latter two ‘could’ feature against Citeh on Saturday.

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