Portsmouth manager Kenny Jackett has issued a squad update ahead of their third game in seven days this weekend against Barnsley in the FA Cup.
Pompey will be back at Fratton Park for the third time in five matches this Saturday as they aim to make it to the last 16 of the FA Cup against Championship opposition.
Manager Kenny Jackett spoke to the club’s official website on Thursday afternoon to discuss which players would be doubtful for the upcoming clash.
Jackett said that James Bolton is “50/50” to feature on Saturday after suffering a thigh injury during Pompey’s 2-1 win over Scunthorpe on Tuesday night.
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However, the severity of the issue is not as bad as first feared, and the 25-year-old could be in line to feature in some capacity.
“James certainly has a chance of playing,” Jackett said.
Rangers loanee Ross McCrorie has also returned to training after recovering from a hamstring problem, but is likely to miss out.
“I doubt he’ll be involved on Saturday – common sense would say it’s next Tuesday that he’ll be looking at,” Jackett said.
Lee Brown will be the other absentee, with a February return most likely for the left-sided defender.
Cameron McGeehan will also be unavailable against his parent club, and Kenny Jackett may not risk Jack Whatmough after playing ninety minutes in midweek, according to BBC Solent’s Andrew Moon.
It is good news for Pompey that James Bolton’s injury is not as serious as first feared, but it could be a risk for him to feature on Saturday if he is not at 100% as it could result in the injury becoming more serious.
Not having Ross McCrorie or Cameron McGeehan available will also not help Pompey’s cause either against a difficult Barnsley side.
Nevertheless, form goes out of the window in the FA Cup, and Pompey have not made it into the fifth round since 2009-10, when they finished as runners-up.