Sonko Out for Up to a Month Monday, 13th Feb 2012 13:47
Town boss Paul Jewell has revealed that central defender Ibrahima Sonko dislocated a rib during Saturday’s abandoned game against Middlesbrough and faces up to a month on the sidelines. The Blues are also set to be without midfielder Lee Bowyer when they take on Portsmouth at Fratton Park on Tuesday night as the veteran is short on match fitness.
Jewell confirmed stand-in skipper Sonko would miss the game at Pompey: “He’s dislocated his rib so it’s probably looking like two to four weeks, I would think. It’s obviously very sore and very tender.
“It’s a blow for us, just as we get momentum going with our centre-halves, they seem to get injured.”
Damien Delaney will come into the side against Portsmouth, who are reportedly could go into administration before Tuesday's game takes place, probably starting on the left with Tommy Smith moving to the right as he did when the Irishman came off the bench on Saturday.
Jewell says Bowyer, who has been out with a groin problem, probably needs a reserve or training game before he can be considered for first team action: “He hasn’t played since the Forest game which was four or five weeks ago.
“We’d like to get him some game time before now and the end of the week, 11-v-11. He’s had a few little twinges but I think he’s fine now.”
Get Danny Collins back on loan til end of season. I know he'd come if it could be sorted with Stoke (he is now in thier revised preniership squad). Jason Pearce may want to come ,initially on loan obviously , if, as looks likely ,Portsmouth go into admin. Pearce and Collins sounds very impressive!
"LFCITFC" - What on earth are you talking about? Centre back is probably the hardest position to play. If the striker misses a chance it's forgotten about but if a centre back has a shocker its talked about for ages, hence the "not the smith and delaney combibation" style comments. Some people on ehre just have no clue about real football
so we are just left with 2 left sided centre backs ..................it's a recipe for disaster playing these 2 together . feel sorry for Smith if he has to switch to the right , he was just starting to look better on the left.
the bottom line is with or without Sonko , we need a right sided centre back .........that's been the case for ages , why oh why haven't we sorted it before ?
Holding a defensive line whilst marking a striker, watching for runners from midfield (who should be chased/marked by your midfield... depending on whether they can be arsed or not), not dropping too deep, making sure you play the ball out of defense properly, that you clear the danger at the right time, make the right choice between making a tackle and standing someone up, which foot to push the striker to so he's on his weaker side...
You can play 90 minutes of the best football you've ever played, but get your positioning wrong for a single header and it's your fault the team has lost, despite your strikers missing a hatful of chances?
When you buy two injury prone has been players and a loanee than ultimately it will end in disaster. Sonko's injured (again), Ingimarrsson has been paid off and Collins is back at Stoke. PJ has made a complete hash of this and his failure to sort it out in January looks even more unacceptable now. Pearce was never available, so why waste all month on just one player oh and one who would have left immediately.
Poor management from a guy who has lost over HALF his games this season. Terrible. Truely terrible.