Kranjcar sure to miss United match

Niko Kranjcar is out of Portsmouth’s trip to Manchester United tomorrow after damaging an ankle in the win over Bolton on Saturday.

Defender Younes Kaboul is also likely to miss out with torn fibres in a thigh muscle which could mean England right- back Glen Johnson reverting to his more familiar role and Jermaine Pennant recalled in midfield.

Kanu and Nadir Belhadj were match-winning late substitutes against Bolton but with Sean Davis still fit despite reopening a wound in his knee, manager Paul Hart could bring back Richard Hughes or Angelos Basinas in a tight central midfield trio also featuring Hayden Mullins, and stick with David Nugent on the left.

Team (from): James; Johnson, Campbell, Distin, Hreidarsson, Pennant, Mullins, Hughes, Davis, Nugent, Crouch, Kanu, Basinas, Kaboul, Utaka, Pamarot, Belhadj, Gekas, Traore, Begovic.

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