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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Jan 2, 2009

Has sick Defoe played his last game for Pompey?

Unsettled striker Jermain Defoe may have played his last game for Portsmouth, club manager Tony Adams said on Friday.

The England international missed training on Friday after calling in sick, heightening speculation that he will soon be moving on.

Portsmouth executive chairman Peter Storrie said on Thursday that Defoe had talked about moving on. He has been linked with a return to Tottenham Hotspur to rejoin former Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp, who was also his boss at West Ham United.

"He has a cold and the doctor is on the way to see him," Adams told Sky Sports.

"I don't disbelieve anyone, I trust him and have a good relationship with him."

Defoe is unlikely to be considered for Saturday's home game against Bristol City in the first game of Portsmouth's FA Cup defence and Adams was circumspect when asked how he felt about Defoe's desire to leave.

"I'm not pleased because I want people to play for Portsmouth," he said.

"But it's better knowing ... if he's got the honesty to come in and tell you. I'm trying to find a positive as he's a fantastic player and one I don't want to lose.

"He's annoyed that I tactically changed the team and didn't play him against Liverpool and Arsenal but I told him my reasons for it."

Asked if he thought Defoe would play for Portsmouth again, Adams said: "I don't know."

Adams added: "Jermain is not very well and a doctor is going round his house to assess him. Peter Storrie had a meeting with him last Wednesday, which I sat in on, and Jermain expressed a desire to leave.

"I think Peter is talking to a few clubs about him but the final decision will be mine and I have a price in mind of what I think he is worth.

"He is a superb player and a great goalscorer but I have not yet made up my mind whether or not I am going to sell him.

"I have to make a call on that like I had to with Lassana Diarra when Real Madrid came knocking.

"If I wanted to play him against Bristol City I could because he is still a Portsmouth player but it looks as if his illness has taken that out of my hands.''

In Defoe's absence Peter Crouch will assume a lone role upfront as Portsmouth begin their defence of the FA Cup title they won at Wembley in May.

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