Portsmouth manager Kenny Jackett has issued a squad update ahead of their upcoming clash at Fratton Park this Saturday as Shrewsbury Town make the long trip down to the south coast from Shropshire.
Pompey will want to bounce back from Tuesday night’s 1-0 defeat to Coventry City at St. Andrew’s, which ended the club’s nine-game winning streak.
They come up against a Shrews side who currently sit in 17th place in the League One table with 35 points from their 29 games.
However, Pompey do not have a good recent record against Shrewsbury, winning just one of the last eight meetings between the teams.
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August’s clash ended in a 1-0 win for the Shrews at the New Meadow.
Ahead of the big game, Kenny Jackett has provided an update on his Portsmouth squad, with Andy Cannon’s fitness at the top of the agenda.
Jackett told the club website that despite the midfielder making progress on a return from a glute injury, the 23-year-old will once again miss out this weekend.
“Andy is out training again, but I don’t think he’s realistically going to make Saturday,” the Portsmouth manager said.
“Unless we get some unbelievable news on Friday, we won’t risk him – it’ll more likely be Tuesday or the following weekend.
Although he was not part of the matchday squad against Coventry City, Oli Hawkins may return to the bench for Pompey on Saturday after suffering a minor head injury in a reserve game last week.
Bryn Morris remains the only long-term absentee for Portsmouth.
It is a blow for Pompey that Andy Cannon will once again not be available for them, especially as the side lacked creativity against Coventry in their last game.
That means that more or less the same squad that was involved against Coventry will return for this weekend’s game.
However, after some poor midweek performances from certain individuals, Kenny Jackett may elect to make a couple of changes to the starting XI.