Striker news lifts Pompey

04 September 2008 01:14
Portsmouth have received a double injury boost with the news that Nwankwo Kanu and David Nugent are both expected to be available for their next Premier League game. Both Kanu and Nugent have missed the opening weeks of the new season with ankle and groin problems respectively. But both frontmen made their comebacks in Wednesday's 3-1 reserve team victory over Fulham and are in contention for recalls when Pompey face Middlesbrough on September 13. "It was great to see the pair of them back," manager Harry Redknapp told the Portsmouth News. "We've been short of cover up front. Ideally you want four or five strikers to choose from every game, but so far this season that just hasn't happened. "These days, with seven players on the bench, you want two strikers sat on it. That hasn't happened yet, we've just had Ben Sahar. "Kanu came on in the second half and it was good to see him get a goal. He's been out a while and it's just about getting match practice. "I thought Nugent looked all right, too. He came off at half-time, but we had agreed that was all he was having. "We don't want to push them too much, you don't want anything else to happen. "We'll just have to see how they get on and whether they can be considered for Boro."

Source: ESA