Friday 23 February 2018

Pompey 'too broke' to pay for Lawrence scan

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

CASH-strapped Portsmouth admitted yesterday they didn't have the funds to allow skipper and Irish international Liam Lawrence undergo a scan on a calf injury.

Lawrence needs an MRI to reveal the extent of the problem after suffering a setback, but the struggling Championship club have confessed the money simply isn't there for the procedure.

They were hoping to get the matter resolved, but it's a grim state of affairs for the 30-year-old, who is persevering at the crisis-stricken club while also coping with the disappointment of falling out of Ireland's Euro 2012 plans.

Portsmouth are set for a second spell in administration, and a 10-point deduction that would land them in a relegation battle.

Manager Michael Appleton is working off the smallest squad in the division, and the fatigue is showing on the players with the injuries stacking up.

The club has gone to the Football League to apply for permission to make emergency loan signings.

Lawrence thought that Portsmouth's problems were over when he joined to the club in a cash-plus-players deal that revolved around Stoke's desire to sign fellow Irish international Marc Wilson.

He consulted with Giovanni Trapattoni about the move, and the Ireland manager said the player should go with a side that provided regular first-team football.

However, off-field difficulties have dogged Lawrence's time at Fratton Park, and a poor show for Ireland in the Euro 2012 qualifier with Russia cost him his place in the side.

He missed out on the 24-man squad for the upcoming friendly with the Czechs, and is behind Damien Duff, Aiden McGeady, Stephen Hunt and Seamus Coleman in the pecking order.

Irish Independent

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