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Kranjcar injury fears played down

Niko Kranjcar is stretchered off in the match against Bolton
Kranjcar has already suffered ankle and groin injuries this season

Portsmouth midfielder Niko Kranjcar may play again this season despite being stretchered off with an ankle injury in Saturday's 1-0 home win over Bolton.

Kranjcar, 24, was carried off after a 75th-minute challenge by Gavin McCann.

The Croatian, who had ankle surgery in August, will miss Wednesday's trip to Manchester United but an X-ray has revealed no fracture or serious damage.

"He is looking a lot better and we hope he will be back sooner rather than later," said Portsmouth boss Paul Hart.

"He is a quick healer, a boy with a strong and positive mental attitude, and that is a big boost for us because he is an integral part of our plans and has been doing well."


Kranjcar, who missed two months with his previous ankle injury and tore a groin muscle in January, will have a further scan later in the week but Portsmouth doctor Nigel Sellars is confident he will not be out for quite as long this time.

"It seems clear it is only soft tissue damage and hopefully not long term," he said.

Meanwhile, defender Younes Kaboul missed training on Monday, after he was substituted late on against Bolton with a thigh injury, and is doubtful for the trip to Old Trafford.

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see also
Portsmouth 1-0 Bolton
18 Apr 09 |  Premier League
Kranjcar injury blow for Pompey
23 Jan 09 |  Portsmouth
Portsmouth sign Pennant on loan
20 Jan 09 |  Portsmouth
Ankle surgery rules out Kranjcar
27 Aug 08 |  Portsmouth
Kranjcar coy on Portsmouth future
20 May 08 |  Portsmouth

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