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Portsmouth dealt potential blow ahead of upcoming cup clash

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Portsmouth could be without Gareth Evans for their upcoming cup clash with Norwich City Under-23s after the midfielder was forced off with a head injury during last night’s 1-0 victory over Crawley Town.

The 31-year-old could barely move after being clattered into by defender Jamie Sendles-White at Fratton Park.

Following a lengthy assessment from Pompey physio Bobby Baric, Evans was allowed to see out the rest of the first-half.

However, the midfielder did not feature in the second period as manager Kenny Jackett decided to bring on Brett Pitman who subsequently went on to score the winner for Portsmouth in the 70th minute.

Evans will now undergo an assessment following his injury which will determine whether he will be available for Pompey’s meeting with the Canaries’ Under-23 side on September 14th.

Speaking to The News about the midfielder, Portsmouth assistant boss Joe Gallen said: “Gareth played very well on the left-hand side, it reminded me of his Checkatrade Trophy final performance against Sunderland, when he came on and played like he did.

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“But he took a horrible bang and that’s why he came off.

“I don’t know if he is concussed, I’m not sure about that, but he will be fine.

“He is a little bit groggy, it was a hell of a bang, and didn’t move afterwards, which is unlike Gareth.

“Hopefully he is okay.”

Having won the EFL Trophy last season, Portsmouth could edge closer to securing their place in the next round of the competition with a positive result over Norwich later this month.

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Given just how important Evans has been for Pompey in recent years, they will be hoping that he will be able to make his return to action as soon as possible.

Whilst the midfielder has yet to replicate last season’s form during the current campaign, keeping him fit over the coming months will be crucial for Pompey as he could help them launch a sustained bid for promotion.

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