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Tuesday, 08 January 2013 12:04

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Defender stretchered off in FA Cup drubbing

Southampton's Portuguese centre-back José Fonte is sweating on the results of tests on an injured knee after his side's cup defeat to Chelsea at the weekend.

Fonte picked up the knock trying, in vain, to stop Demba Ba scoring the West Londoner's fourth goal in a 5-1 reverse against the reigning European champions.

His manager Nigel Adkins is now facing something of an injury crisis with captain Adam Lallana and full-back Nathaniel Clyne also working their way back from knocks.

Southampton are rumoured to be eyeing up defensive cover in the shape of Cagliari defender Davide Astori, but boss Adkins has refused to be drawn on either potential transfer activity or the extent of Fonte's injury.

However, as reported in the Southern Daily Echo, he admitted: “It’s not good when somebody gets stretchered off. I can’t say the extent of the damage."

By Stephen Gillett

Comments (6)
6 Thursday, 10 January 2013 10:00
Indeed thanks for the info guys, sounds like he's one to keep an eye on.

Like Tony says maybe there is some talent coming through after all and the seleccao might have a bright future in the coming years.
We need a New Golden Generation
5 Wednesday, 09 January 2013 19:54
Gents, thanks for the update on Marcos Lopes. Portugal does seem to have some good talent in the 16-20 years old range and this seems to be another player. Portuguese futebol badly needs new faces in the next few years and I hope a few of these players shine. I'll keep an eye on Marcos Lopes.
4 Tuesday, 08 January 2013 15:49
Hey Torpiano,

He was actually given a chance to travel with the first team in preseason, and from what I've read, both the coaching staff and the players were extremely impressed with his skill and technique. I haven't seen him play live, but I have watched a few youtube clips of him, and he looks to be an extremely talented attacking midfielder/winger.

Man City fans seem to have really high hopes for him and so should we! He looks to be yet another talented Portuguese prospect for the future. The current 16-20 year-old generation is packed with talent. Could be another golden generation lol
Tough break and some asked info
3 Tuesday, 08 January 2013 15:30
I really hope Fonte isn't injured too badly. He's 29, which isn't too old for center backs, but a torn ACL would really hamper him.
On a side note, I watched a couple of Southampton matches, and I can't believe how many bad clearances this team makes. They repeatedly head and kick the ball away into a danger area. Whether it's a mishit or bad judgement, they continually get themselves in trouble.

Marcos Lopes is an attacking mid who's still 17 years old and was at Benfica's U-17 squad. He was sold to City after the '10/'11 season for 880,000 pounds.
He also played for Portugal's U-17 and U-19, scoring three goals for the latter. He's also of Brazilian descent and has dual citizenship.
He currently plays on City's Reserves having been moved up from City's U-18.
Before people go crazy on how we let another gem get away, Benfica has a few mid's/attacking mids in the pipeline.
Best wishes
2 Tuesday, 08 January 2013 13:53
Hate seeing players get injured, especially our own guys who are trying to carve out a successful career. Best of luck to Fonte, and I hope it's minor.
Marcos Lopes
1 Tuesday, 08 January 2013 13:15
Slightly off topic, but 17-year-old Portuguese midielder Marcos Lopes scored Man City's 3rd goal against Watford on Saturday.

He came off the bench for the final few minutes and slotted away a rebounded Balotelli shot.

Anyone know much about him? Genuine prospect?

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