Portsmouth boss Kenny Jackett has provided an update on his squad ahead of the EFL Trophy semi-final against Exeter City on Tuesday and revealed he will look to freshen things up.
Pompey welcome the League Two high-flyers to Fratton Park on Tuesday, knowing that a return to Wembley is not far away.
Jackett’s side will be looking to retain the trophy having won the EFL Trophy last season, beating Sunderland on penalties.
After beating out Crawley Town, Oxford United and Norwich U23s during the group stages, Pompey have claimed knock-out victories over Northampton Town, Walsall and Scunthorpe United.
A win on Tuesday would see them face either Newport County or Salford City in the final at Wembley.
Speaking to the Portsmouth website, Jackett provided an update on his squad ahead of the semi-final.
He revealed that Andy Cannon, who is suffering from a glute issue, will not be available.
Jackett said: “We’ll be working with the same group that we had at the weekend against Shrewsbury.
“Andy is back with us, but I’m not going to risk him. He will be fit and available to travel up to Fleetwood.
“We’ve got a big game on Saturday, but right now all of my focus is on facing Exeter on Tuesday night.
“There will be some changes because that’s needed with the hectic run of games we’re on at the moment.
“The side will be fresh and have the right amount of energy, but we’ll be going strong because we’re one step from Wembley.”
Pompey have been in fantastic form in recent months, having won 10 of their last 11 games in all competitions.
That run has seen them climb to sixth in League One–with games in hand over all of the teams above them.
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It sounds as if Jackett’s going to try and walk the line of making changes to his side while still ensuring it is as strong as possible.
What a season it would be for Pompey if they’re able to get promoted to the Championship and win the EFL Trophy.
That would be particularly impressive after the shaky start they made to the campaign and you’d have to credit the club for sticking with Jackett during that period.
Getting out of League One looks as though it is going to be tough, however, with a number of sides tussling for promotion.