Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

LuaLua Back despite Grief

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

LuaLua Back despite Grief

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Byline: By Bill Pierce

Lomana LuaLua intends to return to help Portsmouth in their battle against relegation from the Barclays Premiership despite the tragic death of his toddler son.

The former Newcastle striker, who led the Democratic Republic of Congo to the quarter-finals of the African Nations Cup, returned from Egypt at the weekend after being told by Congo officials his 18-month-old son had died of an illness on January 20.

But he returned to training with Pompey yesterday and is believed to have asked manager Harry Redknapp to include him in the side for Saturday's daunting fixture at home to Manchester United.

LuaLua said: "I am devastated by the tragic loss but grateful and appreciative of the kind wishes and support I have received. As I am sure everybody will understand, I just wish to be with my family and be allowed to grieve privately.

"But I owe it to my team-mates to put my sorrow to one side and play on. I have to try to carry on and keep coming into training. …

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