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Portsmouth figure provides positive player fitness update

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Portsmouth assistant manager Joe Gallen has provided a positive update on injuries within the camp as Portsmouth head to Lincoln City for a midweek League One test.

Only one player has been ruled out of the tie, with midfielder Bryn Morris continuing to spend time on the sidelines after not making a competitive appearance for Kenny Jackett’s side this season.

Speaking to the club website, Gallen said: “Apart from Bryn Morris, I think that we’ve now got everyone fit again.

“Andy Cannon limped off late on against Barnsley at the weekend, but he’s fine and so are Lee Brown and Ross McCrorie.

“There were a lot of players out on the training pitch on Monday morning and that’s a good sight to see.

“It looks like we’re going to have a really strong bench, which is going to be very important for us in the weeks ahead.”

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Left-back Lee Brown has been out injured across the past six weeks as he has recovered from injury, and he will be back to compete with left-back Steve Seddon for the spot on the left side of defence as both add different qualities to the squad.

Midfielder Andy Cannon limped off in the FA Cup game against Barnsley at the weekend, but it has been confirmed by Gallen that the experienced midfielder was only suffering from a slight knock.

The versatile Ross McCrorie is also set for a return to action, having recovered from a hamstring injury that saw him link up with Rangers recently for their warm-weather trip to Dubai over the last few days.

The Verdict

Portsmouth nearly having a fully fit squad could pay dividends for Jackett, as it means he will have different options and will be kept thinking over which players deserve a spot in the squad.

The experienced manager will now have to decide which 18 players he deems as being the best ones to play a part against Lincoln whether they be in the starting XI or on the bench, and he will be hoping that his selection headache turns out to be a good one.


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