Hermann closing in on Pompey return

Hermann Hreidarsson
Hermann Hreidarsson
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Hermann Hreidarsson has returned to Iceland in a bid to end his injury frustration.

The veteran defender has been hampered by an Achilles problem this term.

Thankfully it is not the same Achilles he ruptured in March 2010, which so nearly ended his career.

Nonetheless, the injury has contributed to him making just two appearances so far during the current campaign.

Hreidarsson had hoped to be over the problem and returned to training three weeks ago – but it has since flared up again.

Now he is in Iceland until tomorrow receiving treatment.

The 37-year-old is hoping that can solve the concern, which has affected the Achilles in his right leg.

If all goes to plan, the cult Fratton figure is eyeing a return to Pompey training on Monday.

And that would be a timely comeback, with Michael Appleton on the verge of being named Pompey’s new boss.

Hreidarsson said: ‘It has been a frustrating season for me.

‘I am in Iceland at the moment so hopefully this one will work.

‘It’s the other Achilles which is causing me pain. Thankfully it is not the same one I injured before.

‘I returned to training a few weeks ago and it was still not good. I felt it a little bit so I’m trying some new treatment in Iceland now and I’ll see how it goes.

‘I’m going to be here until tomorrow – it’s going good at the moment.

‘Then hopefully I can start training on Monday.’

Hreidarsson featured in Pompey’s full pre-season programme this summer.

He played in all four friendlies and was involved in the two-week tour to Charleston with Steve Cotterill’s squad.

The ex-Charlton man then started the season as first-choice left-back, being named in the opening two Championship matches.

Yet he was dropped by Cotterill for the visit of Reading, with Tal Ben Haim switching over from right to left back. The Israeli international has since been ever-present in that role, making 14 appearances.

As for Hreidarsson, he has not made another Pompey squad.

Initially that was down to falling out of favour with Cotterill and the restrictions of a five-man substitutes’ bench this term.

However, soon the Achilles problem flared up to keep the defender on the sidelines.

Hreidarsson has established himself as a massive Pompey favourite since his arrival in the summer of 2007.

During that time he has amassed 125 appearances and scored eight goals.

The veteran’s last appearance was the 1-0 home defeat by Brighton on August 13.

Now he is hopeful his time in Iceland can cure the problem and he can return to show Pompey’s new boss he is worthy of a first-team spot.