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Last Updated: Wednesday, 18 February, 2004, 10:27 GMT
Todorov on comeback trail
Portsmouth striker Svetoslav Todorov
Todorov netted 26 goals for Pompey last season
Portsmouth striker Svetoslav Todorov has made his long-awaited return from injury in a 30-minute appearance for the club's reserve side.

Ligament damage has kept the Bulgarian out all season and he revealed his delight at being back in action.

"It was a relief to get it over and I was nervous when I knew I'd play," Todorov told the club's website.

"It's been a long time but the important thing was getting on the pitch and tasting some action again."

He added: "I did not set out to do anything spectacular but simply ease myself back.

"I have always tried to be positive during my time out and have worked hard at my recovery.

"There is no targets from here - just to take each day as it comes."

Portsmouth won the game against Charlton 3-1, but the Addicks were also boosted by the return of defender Gary Rowett.

The former Leicester player injured his knee against Manchester City on the opening day of the season in August and has been out ever since.

But he started the game at West Leigh Park and will be hoping to return to first-team action soon.






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