Portsmouth manager Danny Cowley has revealed that Connor Ogilvie could be in line to make his return to action this weekend in the club’s clash with Charlton Athletic.
The 25-year-old has been forced to watch on from in recent weeks after suffering a quad injury during Pompey’s Hampshire Senior Cup game against Basingstoke Town.
Signed by Portsmouth during the summer transfer window, Ogilvie has already managed to illustrate some signs of promise during the early stages of his stint.
Particularly impressive against Doncaster Rovers in August, the defender helped Pompey keep a clean-sheet in this fixture by producing an assured display at the Keepmoat Stadium.
In Ogilvie’s absence, Cowley has opted to utilise Lee Brown in a wing-back role.
The 31-year-old defender marked his seventh appearance of the season with a goal in the club’s 2-2 draw with Plymouth Argyle.
Making reference to Ogilvie, Cowley has admitted that the defender could potentially be available for tomorrow’s showdown with the Addicks at The Valley.
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Speaking to Hampshire Live ahead of Saturday’s game about how Ogilvie’s recovery is going, the Portsmouth boss said: “Much more positively, he’s in the gym now.
“He is back on the grass and we are hoping to have him fit for Saturday.”
Cowley later added: “We could really do with him because he obviously gives us another option in defence.”
Whilst Ogilvie will need to showcase his talent in training in order to overtake Brown in the pecking order at Portsmouth, there is no reason why he cannot eventually become a key player for the club.
A stand-out performer at this level for Gillingham last season, the left-back managed to record an impressive average WhoScored match rating of 7.04 in League One.
If Ogilvie is able to replicate this form in a Portsmouth shirt in the coming months, he could potentially help the club launch a push for promotion.
In order to prevent the risk of the defender suffering another injury setback, Cowley should consider easing him back into action when he is fit enough to feature for the club’s senior side.