Lua Lua's World Cup regret
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Lomana Lua Lua is disappointed he will not be involved for his country this weekend.Portsmouth striker Tresor Lomana Lua Lua is disappointed he will not be involved for his country this weekend.
DR Congo still have a remote chance of qualifying for the World Cup finals and Lua Lua wanted to be involved.
However, the 24-year-old recently contracted malaria - which has sidelined him for a number of weeks and ruled him out of his nation's final qualifier.
"I am devastated really. The World Cup is the greatest football tournament in the world and if Congo qualified it would be the biggest sporting achievement in our history," said Lua Lua.
"I would love to be a part of things, especially after being involved in most of the other qualifiers.
"Obviously as a footballer you do not want to miss any game but this one is more important than any I have ever played in before, certainly for Congo.
"We are only a small country and to be in with a chance of qualifying is fantastic. If I had my way I would be out there but the doctors have ordered me to put my feet up.
"I have been at home recuperating for the past week and am feeling much fitter.
"Hopefully I will be back in training within the next fortnight and hopefully it will not be too long until I am back out there again. I am itching to start kicking a ball."
Meanwhile, Lua Lua's Pompey team-mate Collins Mbesuma is hoping he will also soon be back to full fitness.
The Zambian's fitness levels have been questioned since his arrival, but he is now ready for first team action - according to his agent.
"I've just spoken to Collins. I asked him if he was happy with his fitness and he said "very much so". He said he was shedding weight, which he is extremely pleased about," said Mike Makaab.
"He is really happy at Portsmouth and the way he's been treated.
"He's a natural goalscorer and I'm very confident he has the ability to step up into the Premier League. I'm very excited about it."