Portsmouth boss Kenny Jackett has provided a fresh injury update ahead of his side’s trip to face Rochdale in League One on Saturday afternoon.
The south-coast side have made an indifferent start to the season, having won just five of their first 15 league matches, but they could now climb into the top half of the table with a victory over the Dale this weekend.
Jackett’s side are targeting their third straight win in all competitions, but there are a number of players carrying injuries in Portsmouth’s ranks as Tom Naylor, Ross McCrorie and Sean Raggett were all previously marked as doubts for the Rochdale match.
Speaking to the official club website, Jackett has now admitted that this trio are set to sit out this weekend’s clash, but he provided a positive update regarding Elis Harrison who should feature.
“They’re not too bad and we’re thinking the Peterborough game could be a realistic target for all of them [Naylor, McCrorie and Raggett],” he said.
“We had two guys go off with muscle injuries at Harrogate. It’s unusual because they’re both robust players. None of them will be featuring in the next 10 days, but injuries are a part of football and you have to get on with it.
“Ellis Harrison had been suffering with a very bad back, although he’s trained all week and is available for Saturday.”
Portsmouth will need to manage without this injured trio when they make the trip to Spotland Stadium on Saturday, but they should feel confident of success against a Rochdale side who have lost their last four matches.
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It will come as something of a blow that these players will be absent for the Rochdale match, particularly given how important Naylor is to Pompey, but it appears they will not be absent for too long.
There was no timeframe on their injuries initially which meant Pompey fans were fearing the worst, but the fact they will be back for the Peterborough clash in two weeks’ time will be reassuring for supporters.
This means Jackett will have plenty of selections with all these available to feature during the busy Christmas period, and this run of matches could mean we start to gain a realistic idea of what Pompey should target this term.