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Naismith: I'm In A Good Place

Forward feeling stronger ahead of Rotherham clash

19 January 2018

Pompey forward Kal Naismith

League One defences be warned – Kal Naismith is fully fit and raring to go.

Pompey’s 2016/17 top scorer hurt his knee following a collision with Plymouth keeper Remi Matthews at Fratton Park in November.

He returned for a cameo appearance in the Checkatrade Trophy before getting through the entirety of last weekend's draw with Scunthorpe.

So Naismith is glad his injury is in the past and he now has a chance to help Pompey boost their play-off ambitions.

He said: “It’s frustrating for any player to be on the sidelines – no matter how many games you’re out for.

“I feel for the likes of Jack Whatmough and Danny Rose just watching the games. I’d imagine they’re mentally stronger than me.

"I’ve been feeling fitter and stronger all the time, so I’m in a good place."

Kal Naismith

“The knee ballooned up pretty quickly and it dragged on for longer than I thought, although I’m back now, so it's happy days.

“It was really sore when it happened and I was in quite a bit of pain. I tried to play on, but knew straight away that it wasn’t right.

“I felt really good in the first half last Saturday, although it got a bit tiring in the second. It will be beneficial in the long run to get 90 minutes, though.

“Throughout training this week I’ve been feeling fitter and stronger all the time, so I’m in a good place.”

Pompey will look to reclaim their place in the top six by winning at fellow promotion hopefuls Rotherham on Saturday.

Naismith said: “We’re sitting seventh in the league and have got some big games coming up, but we’ll look at this one first.

“With the matches we’ve got left we’re happy with the position that we’re in, although we always look to do better.”

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