Date: 31st October 2008 at 3:33pm
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Niko Kranjcar made a surprise return from injury last weekend and followed that up with a run out against Liverpool on Wednesday, but he has warned us in The News that he is still several weeks from full fitness, so we should not expect too much too soon: ‘I’m nowhere near ready to start a game yet, but it was nice to get back out there again and get a feel for the pace of the game.

‘In two or three weeks’ time, I think I will be ready to push for the starting XI again, but I won’t rush myself.

‘I have to take it a step at a time, but I’m happy that I haven’t had any problems with the ankle since the operation.

‘That is great news for me. It has healed the way it is supposed to heal and now it is just a question of finding my match fitness again and getting back to the kind of form I was in before.

‘Ideally, you want to step it up a little bit at a time. I played five or 10 minutes against Fulham, played for nearly 30 minutes against Liverpool, maybe do 45 minutes next time and so on, but it doesn’t always work like that.’

For him to come back as soon as he has having been out injured like he was, and for the length that he was I do not think that too many will be expecting to much too soon will they… Once he is fully fit though it will be interesting to see where he will fit in to the side – will it be on the left, on the right or in the middle of a 5 man midfield?

Kranjcar also spoke of his delight as the reception that he has been given by the fans since his return: ‘it meant a lot to me to get such a good reception from the Pompey fans when I came on against Fulham.

‘It has been a pretty difficult time for me because I love playing football and I couldn’t do something I love.

‘Now I will work as hard as I can in every training session and do some extra running to get myself fitter again. But it’s great to be back playing again.’

Will this reception be enough to convince him to stay with Pompey though – all we can do is keep backing the players as we do and hope that this is enough to convince them to stay, assuming finances also allow this… That said, as much as I do like the fella if Arsenal came in with a cash plus Armand Traore offer am I the only one who thinks that is a deal we should do?

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One player that does seem to want to leave Pompey though is Jean-Francois Christophe.

The Frenchman is currently on loan with Southend, and as he is enjoying his time and enjoying regular 1st team football he is interested in signing for them on a permanent basis.

Since we signed him the summer before last most of us have thought that if he had any long term involvement with Pompey we would be surprised, so if he went it would not come as a shock would it…

Thoughts on the above please guys.

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