Kenny Jackett has handed a Portsmouth lifeline to three players who have all struggled for game time this season.
As the League One promotion race reaches a thrilling climax, Pompey are welcoming back Andy Cannon, Bryn Morris and Dion Donohue, all of whom have spent time out injured this season.
They’ve only amassed ten starts between them this season, but as the games begin to run out they’ve been told they could yet have a role to play by manager Kenny Jackett.
“They can still have an impact, definitely,” he told Portsmouth.co.uk. “At times, we have lacked options in midfield. We have been okay but there’s been quite a long spell with Cannon, Donohue and Morris all out.”
“In terms of midfielders, there have been times when tactically from the bench we haven’t had enough out-and-out midfielders. It gives us options and in games to come you want as many midfield players fit and available as possible.”
He went on to highlight the different areas the trio can cover, proving that there’s a route into the first team in the next 270 minutes of football.
“They’re different types. Andy Cannon is the most attacking and Bryn Morris has a little bit of everything looking at his game so far. Donohue is left-footed and can balance it off. Those three being available does help us.”
Portsmouth face Sunderland this weekend, knowing a win would give them a five point gap over their rivals with two matches to play. They’re two points behind Barnsley with a game in hand, meaning their Championship fate is in their own hands.
I fancy Portsmouth now. after the Sunderland game they’ve got two home fixtures against Peterborough and Accrington. Whilst their goal difference is inferior to Barnsley’s, they’re still surely the favourites to go up.
This weekend is crucial. There won’t be a bigger clash in the bottom two divisions all season, it’s winner-takes-all at the Stadium of Light. don’t expect any of the returning trio to be handed a starring role in this one.