Date: 3rd September 2008 at 3:41pm
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We have been handed a blow with the news that Jerome Thomas could be out for as long as 3 months with a stress fracture of the back…

With Niko Kranjcar already out, losing Thomas as well is far from ideal but luckily having gone from having little or no options on the left we do now have a fair few. This also makes the decision to bring Nadir Belhadj in on loan all the more important, and probably explains even more why we pushed this move through.

Harry Redknapp has said that he was out for 12 weeks, although physio Gary Sadler has merely told the Pompey Site that he ‘might’ be out longer term, with 3 weeks the minimum: ‘we saw a consultant on Monday evening. The plan at the moment is to treat him for three weeks with some rehabilitation, although there are some restrictions with what we can do with him.

‘We’ll go back to see the consultant in three weeks and depending on what he says, we can take the appropriate action.’

Chances are it will be more than 3 weeks, but whatever happens as much as this is not ideal I believe that we have enough cover to get us through and do not believe we will be, or should be hearing the ‘bare bones’ speech just yet – although it is inevitable this will come 🙂

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Also, before the other ‘inevitable’ talks begin with the news that Alan Curbishley has resigned as West Ham manager no doubt Redknapp will be ‘linked’ with them.

The club are in a mess, so although he has already ruled this out weeks ago – as much as the club is in his heart – he would be a fool to return to the club, and he wont so that is as much air time as Vital Pompey will be giving this issue!

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