Portsmouth a gearing up for a tough game at Fratton Park on Saturday against an in form Oxford United side, but Kenny Jackett’s side may have been dealt with a blow on the injury front.
In the pre-match press conference, Jackett stated that the striker is likely to sit out yet another match for Pompey, in addition to the three previous matches he has had to miss due to a persistent groin injury.
Despite Pitman only scoring twice in League One for Pompey so far this season, the lack of goals from the team at present (Pompey are averaging just over a goal per game) means that he is a figure that has been missed dearly.
Has Pitman been a big miss for Portsmouth?
The news was reported by journalist Andrew Moon, who confirmed it on Twitter earlier today:
Brett Pitman is set to miss the match with Oxford due to his groin injury but Andy Cannon is fit despite suffering a knock playing for the reserves this week #Pompey
— Andrew Moon (@mrandrewmoon) October 31, 2019
This injury news means that it is very likely that Jackett will line up in the same 4-2-3-1 shape that was used in their last match against Bristol Rovers, with John Marquis leading the line in attack for Pompey, as they search for an important win.
This news is not what Pompey fans were hoping for, considering that it has previously been stated that Pitman wouldn’t be out for a period of time, and was close to a return.
It means that John Marquis will have to take the initiative and work hard to produce a good performance on Saturday, against a very dangerous Oxford side.