The games are coming thick and fast for Kenny Jackett’s Portsmouth, with the south coast side back in action on Tuesday night in the Leasing.com trophy against Scunthorpe United.
Pompey are potentially two games away from another Wembley final, and will be going into the game on a high after gaining only their third away league win of the season last Saturday against Bolton Wanderers.
A solitary goal from defender Christian Burgess proved to be enough for Pompey in Lancashire, as they defeated the Trotters 1-0 to move up to 7th in the League One table.
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However, the Leasing.com trophy will now be Kenny Jackett’s focus, as his side go into the second of three games in the space of seven days.
Ahead of the clash, the Portsmouth boss has provided all of the latest injury news, with some issues arising after the win against Bolton on the weekend.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Jackett said that he will have to assess the fitness of James Bolton and Ellis Harrison.
“James has been off with an illness and Ellis has got a foot injury, so we will assess them tomorrow morning.”
Harrison suffered the injury in the last game, and it remains to be seen if he will lead the line on Tuesday night, potentially opening up a chance to John Marquis to start in the No. 9 position.
Jackett also discussed Jack Whatmough, who was on the substitutes’ bench for the second game in succession but failed to feature.
“Jack’s had plenty of time and I’ve given him an extended period to train, while he came through the reserve game last week,” Jackett said.
“He’s been on the bench for the past two games without getting on the pitch, so it’s all part of the natural progression.”
Ross McCrorie will be back with the squad on Tuesday but is unlikely to feature against Scunthorpe. Saturday’s FA Cup fourth-round tie against Barnsley is a more realistic target.
Lee Brown is also out until February at the very earliest, with Bryn Morris on the sidelines for the long-term.
It will be disappointing for Kenny Jackett that Ellis Harrison has picked up a knock ahead of the upcoming game against Scunthorpe, as he would of been nailed on to start the game.
If Harrison is not available, the Pompey boss will either have to opt for Oli Hawkins or John Marquis as the lone centre-forward, which could represent a considerable opportunity for either player.
It is also a big plus that Ross McCrorie will be back with the group in time for the Barnsley game, after recovering from a hamstring problem.