Date: 17th April 2008 at 11:46am
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John Utaka, Lassana Diarra and Milan Baros have all returned to training and could play a part against Citeh on Sunday.

I would expect Diarra to return to the starting 11 but have this feeling that Baros will have to settle for a place on the bench as Kanu will probably play alongside Jermain Defoe – assuming we play with a 4-4-2 of course? To be honest I would like to see Dave Nugent get a start alongside him but that is not that likely to happen is it…

As for Utaka, all in all he has had a poor season whatever spin you try to put on it. He has shown flashes of genius but these have been all to few and far between and for the most part has been like a passenger, which is not what you can afford and is not what we demand from our players is it! Effort and commitment goes along way to winning us over.

That said all the others that have filled in – or attempted to fill in – on the right have not been able to do it. Some look ‘awkward’ to say the least, others try but cannot do it so as frustrating as he has become to me this season he would have to be the option on the right for me to be honest. So if fit enough I would expect Utaka to start.

A further injury boost is the news that Noe Pamarot could return to training tomorrow, albeit only in the warm up and with the ball work exercises. His chances of being able to play again this season would still appear to be slim but you never know…

PLAY UP POMPEY!

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