Would Pompey's leaky defence be boosted by Hermann?
By Site reporter
Tuesday 11 Jan 2011 21:50:00
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Pompey’s defence is leaking goals left, right and centre but Steve Cotterill still doesn’t believe it would benefit from having The Hermannator thrown back into it.

The Pompey boss doesn’t believe Hermann Hreidarsson is ready to start a game after eight months out with a serious Achilles injury – even though many fans are clamouring for Carl Dickinson to be replaced at left-back.


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Cotterill told The News: 'I am sure Hermann has still got a long way to go before he's back to what he would be. He might only get that before the end of the season because he's had a few months of it.

'With him and Danny (Webber) we could have had two other players who have played in every game and played 48 matches between them by now. Instead, we've got about one-and-a-half games out of two of them.

'That is what happens with long-term injuries. And the thing is, when they come back they don't always drop back into what they were. I don't think Hermann is ready to start a game yet, no. I can't lob him in and say "on you go then and it doesn't matter if you make a mistake". That is the difficulty with the size of the squad and not having a reserve game.

'We tried to arrange some games before Christmas that hopefully would have helped. On a couple of occasions we ended up having some XI versus XI out there with some younger players, the kids and Woany (Ian Woan) and Guy (Whittingham) joining in.

'Hermann is not as fit or as ready as the other three (Sonko, Mokoena, Dickinson) are for playing. The others are still advanced, 100 per cent. He probably wants to be there and be ready and all of that, but that can't be his choice, that has got to be somebody else's choice.

'You always think you are right. Sometimes when you are coming back from injury you don't think there is anything different in you. But I for one don't think he's there yet.'

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