Razak’s arrival looks set to end Riise stay

Nathan Thompson played in a central midfield role against Scunthorpe. Picture: Joe Pepler

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Pompey have bolstered their midfield options with the signing of Abdul Razak from Manchester City.

But Razak’s arrival appears to signal the end of fellow loanee Bjorn Helge Riise’s Blues stay.

Razak penned a one-month deal yesterday evening and has gone straight into the squad for today’s trip to Derby.

Joint caretaker boss Stuart Gray apparently persuaded City to allow their exciting young talent, who was so impressive for Roberto Mancini’s outfit in this week’s 5-2 Carling Cup success over Wolves, out on loan.

Meanwhile, Riise has started just two games since arriving on loan from Fulham last month.

And the Norwegian didn’t even make the squad for the win over Doncaster Rovers last weekend. Joint stand-in boss Guy Whittingham said: ‘It’s difficult for him.

‘You go on loan somewhere to hopefully get games and he’s just been a victim of circumstances.

‘He’s a great kid, he trains fantastically well and everything we have said to him, he has taken on board.’

Asked if his loan would be extended, Whittingham replied: ‘We’ve got a lot of games and we are assessing that situation at the moment.

‘If we picked up a couple of injuries over the next game or two, he would be playing.’

Now competing with Riise, though, is Razak.

Born in the Ivory Coast, he joined City from Crystal Palace and made one Premier League appearance last term.

But he was handed his first City start at Molineux and turned in a fine display.

Whittingham said: ‘Abdul is a gifted midfield player who Manchester City think very highly of.

‘It’s a great opportunity for him to come here and get some experience and we are looking forward to him being part of the squad.

‘We’re very fortunate to have him and we’re grateful to Manchester City for that.’