Date: 5th September 2006 at 1:16pm
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Lomana LuaLua, who is back in training following his ankle injury picked up in the pre-season game with Oxford United, has spoken of his shock and sadness at the loss of team mate Svetoslav Todorov, following the Bulgarians loan move to Wigan.

In a surprise last minute deadline day swoop Wigan Manager Paul Jewell signed Toddy on loan until the end of the year, which could become permanent if all parties are happy when the transfer window reopens in January. LuaLua (much like myself) was very surprised.

“I didn’t even know about Toddy going – I think only the manager knew about it.”

“He’s still in the Premier League but I’m sure he’ll be gutted about leaving.”

“For me, personally, I’ve seen him in training, he’s a very nice guy and I think he’s the best finisher here. I’m not supposed to say that as a striker but I think that Toddy’s a killer in front of goal,” LuaLua said when speaking in the Portsmouth News.

After a great start to the season which we will hopefully build upon, ironically sees us play Wigan on Saturday, although under the terms of loan agreements Toddy won’t play, LuaLua thinks European qualification is very much possible “I really believe we can get into Europe. We are aiming high and I think it will be a big season for us.”