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Friday, 9 August, 2002, 14:30 GMT 15:30 UK
Burton re-joins Pompey
Deon Burton in action for Pompey in 1996
Burton began his career at Pompey
Derby striker Deon Burton has joined former club Portsmouth on loan with a view to a permanent move.

Pompey manager Harry Redknapp moved to sign the striker after Rory Allen failed a fitness test ahead of Saturday's opening game of the season.

In addition to Allen, Redknapp is also without Mark Burchill, who has yet to reach full fitness, and Svetoslav Todorov, who is suspended.

Burton, who has been brought in to ease the injury problems, is now expected to partner Vincent Pericard against Nottingham Forest.

The 25-year began his career at Fratton Park, before leaving for Derby in 1997.

He rose to prominence at Pompey while Jim Smith was manager.

Smith then signed Burton for Derby after taking over at the East Midlands club - and he has played a key role in bringing the striker back to Fratton Park in his capacity as Redknapp's assistant manager.

Burton ended last season on loan at Stoke, playing a key role in the club's promotion via the play-offs to Division One.

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