Kenny Jackett has stated that Jack Whatmough will return from his long-term injury to play for Portsmouth this week.
The manager has stated that he will either play for the reserves in a fixture against Doncaster, or in the EFL Trophy game at Fratton Park against Scunthorpe.
The defender is yet to make a first-team appearance for Pompey since he damaged his knee cartilage last February. He has battled back to full fitness, and will hope that it doesn’t effect his play style, being just 23.
Jackett has expressed that he will definitely play in one of the two games and has insisted that the player is 100% ready to play now.
Speaking to Portsmouth News, Jackett said: “Jack needs to play now, 100 per cent. It very much depends on whether I have a fully-fit squad.
“He will play in one of the games, whether it is at Fratton Park or Havant & Waterlooville.”
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He’s a very highly-rated at Portsmouth and it shows in him being on the bench for the last two league games despite just coming back from a really bad injury that kept him out for all of 11 months.
Whatmough still has a long future ahead of him and Pompey have to try and find a way to get the best out of him in the next few weeks. There could be potential for a loan spell before the end of the window dependent on Jackett’s thoughts.
He’s got a long career ahead of him, and the most important thing is that he managed to get over his injury in order to be able to make a return.