Midfielder’s injury fears allayed

Liam Lawrence receives his News Pompey player of 2010 runner-up award
Liam Lawrence receives his News Pompey player of 2010 runner-up award
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Liam Lawrence’s injury fears have been allayed.

The Blues skipper was concerned he had sustained cartilage damage in his left knee against Reading at the weekend.

That would have been yet another blow, with the fans’ favourite enduring a frustrating time with injuries of late.

However, a scan has given the Republic of Ireland international the all-clear.

It has shown there is no damage, putting him in the frame to play against Preston on Saturday.

Lawrence scooped runner-up in the Pompey player of 2010 category at The News Sports Awards on Monday night.

The 29-year-old will be key to Steve Cotterill’s men maintaining their play-off push during the run in.

And he was relieved to learn his knock wasn’t as bad as he first feared.

Lawrence said: ‘I’ve had the scan now and it has shown everything is all right.

‘The knee is fine, touch wood, which is a relief.

‘I’m okay and should be available for selection against Preston at the weekend.’

Lawrence has only recently returned from a troublesome calf problem.

That injury kept him out for five matches.

He returned to action in the goalless draw against Middlesbrough last month.

The former Stoke man has been a star performer since joining Pompey last August.

He has scored eight goals in 29 games and established himself as the Blues’ regular penalty taker.

Lawrence was beaten to the Pompey player accolade by David Nugent during a ceremony at Fratton Park on Monday night.

The pair were involved in a fierce battle in the voting of a category chosen by readers of The News.