PORTSMOUTH v Manchester City: Pennant return eases Hart's injury woes for City clash

13 February 2009 11:51
Pennant returns: Ineligible for the Liverpool game, Jermaine returns for key City match

On-loan Jermaine Pennant is available to Portsmouth's

caretaker-manager PaulHart for tomorrow's clash with Manchester City

after missing last Saturday's defeat by parent club Liverpool.

Niko Kranjcar, a substitute in that match, could also start at Fratton Park despite hinting he could quit Pompey to join "a bigger club" in the summer.

Midfielders Papa Bouba Diop (knee), Richard Hughes (hamstring) and reserve goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown (ankle) are still out but Armand Traore (thigh), Marc Wilson (hip) and Younes Kaboul (ankle) are fit again for the day's only Premier League game.

Hart also has the option of giving Theofanis Gekas a debut after the Greekstriker - on loan from Bayer Leverkusen - was an unused sub against Liverpoollast week.

Team (from): James, Johnson, Campbell, Distin, Hreidarsson, Pennant, Davis, Basinas, Belhadj, Kranjcar, Nugent, Crouch, Mullins, Kaboul, Wilson, Traore, Gekas, Cranie, Lauren, Little, Utaka, Begovic.

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Source: Daily_Mail