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Last Updated: Friday, 27 February, 2004, 08:59 GMT
Todorov targets comeback
Portsmouth striker Svetoslav Todorov
Portsmouth striker Svetoslav Todorov is delighted with his latest comeback performance after a severe knee injury.

But the Bulgarian has ruled out a dramatic return against Newcastle at Fratton Park on Sunday.

Todorov, who went to the United States for surgery, played 70 minutes for Pompey reserves against West Ham.

"Although it is the longest I've played since the operation and I felt very good, I won't be rushing anything," he said.

"There is another reserve game soon and I want to play in that."

The former West Ham striker tore knee ligaments after a freak training accident just two days before the start of the season.

Club officials and manager Harry Redknapp are astounded at the 27-year-old's progress and Todorov may even feature in the FA Cup quarter-final against Arsenal.

He played a 30-minute cameo role as a substitute last week in a reserve game, appearing for the first time since he caught his studs in the grass at the club's training ground last August.

"I'm enjoying it again now," Todorov told the club's website.

"It was good that last night's [Thursday] game was against my old club. Everybody was very encouraging.

"I didn't want to come off and I was trying to get a goal before they took me off. I think I was close a couple of times."

Midfielders Ernie Howe and Gary O'Neil also continued their comebacks in the same game which was played at Dagenham.

  • Redknapp has dynamic Senegal midfielder Amdy Faye available again on Sunday after a one-match ban along with new signings Lomano Lua Lua - on loan from Newcastle - and John Curtis.

  • Teddy Sheringham (hamstring) and Steve Stone (shin) have both returned to light training after their injuries but Patrik Berger (knee) is out for the season and Dejan Stefanovic could face a long spell on the sidelines with a foot injury.

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