Kenny Jackett has said that Brett Pitman will resume first-team training, following his shock inclusion in Portsmouth’s matchday squad in Tuesday night’s win over MK Dons.
Pompey secured a 3-1 victory over the Buckinghamshire side at Fratton Park, courtesy of goals from Andy Cannon, John Marquis and Marcus Harness.
The Portsmouth boss made the shock admission at the start of February that Pitman was to train with AFC Bournemouth’s under-21’s until further notice, and that the forward was not part of his first-team plans.
However, with Ellis Harrison still on the sidelines, Jackett opted to include the out-of-favour Pitman on the bench against MK Dons, although the 32-year-old remained unused.
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Speaking to the Portsmouth News, Jackett revealed his reasons behind Pitman’s shock inclusion.
“Brett has come onto the bench to give us some additional forward firepower, it was my choice,” the Portsmouth manager said.
“He is fine, like all players he wants to play, but similarly there will be a time we’ll need him.”
He went on to add that despite his earlier comments, he has “never closed the door” on Pitman.
“If it’s the right thing to pick any player then I will. I felt last night the right thing was to have maybe one extra forward and take a bit of a chance in terms of defenders,” Jackett said.
“He will now train with us. For the days when he is maybe not involved, he lives in Bournemouth.”
Pitman has made a total of 15 appearances for Pompey in all competitions this term.
In what is a surprising turn of events, Pitman once again has the chance to force himself back into the Portsmouth side.
It has seemed at the time of Jackett’s shock admission about the forward that an off-field altercation had occurred between the pair, but that is something the Portsmouth manager denied.
Pitman now can play a role for the side between now and the end of the season.