Appleton won't use strike duo
Portsmouth boss Michael Appleton is not expecting veteran strike duo Benjani and Kanu to play a part in the club's fight for survival.
Last Updated: 27/03/12 9:34am
Portsmouth manager Michael Appleton is not expecting veteran strike duo Benjani and Kanu to play a part in the club's fight for Championship survival.
Benjani has scored once in 17 appearances for Pompey since returning to Fratton Park last summer, but has yet to start a game under Appleton.
Kanu, meanwhile, has not even made an appearance since Appleton became manager at Portsmouth back in November.
Pompey are six points from safety, but Appleton is not planning to use the pair's experience after suggesting Kanu and Benjani are not fit enough to start games.
"I certainly wouldn't be expecting too much from Benjani and Kanu in the run-in," said Appleton.
"Kanu is not fit enough to play - end of story. From Benji's point of view, he has been involved enough and come off the bench enough to ask questions on why he might not get a start.
"I can't afford to start playing players who I don't think will get through 45 minutes of football."