Portsmouth produced a good attacking display to see off Southend 4-1 yesterday at Fratton Park but have been dealt an injury blow to one of their defenders.
On-loan Rangers man Ross McCrorie had to be taken off from right-back after 40 minutes of last night’s contest, after suffering a hamstring injury. The Scot was replaced by Brandon Haunstrup, who filled in for him in an unfamiliar role..
It has since been reported by Portsmouth News that the 21-year-old has a tear in the hamstring, which could rule him out for a month for Pompey.
McCrorie was due to represent his country for the under-21 team after being called up for the upcoming UEFA European qualifier against Greece by head coach Scot Gemmill.
However, it is likely that the right-back will have to withdraw from the Scotland under-21 squad and miss a few games for his club side, notably the Fleetwood, Rochdale and Rotherham games.
Pompey’s assistant manager Joe Gallen told the club website post-match that McCrorie will have a routine scan on his hamstring to determine how many weeks the Scot will be on the sidelines for.
With Craig MacGillivray also missing out the Southend game due to an injury precaution, to have another player suffer a knock so soon is a blow for Portsmouth, and McCrorie himself as he wants to get as much game-time as possible on loan.
It will also have more of an impact on McCrorie as he will disappointed to miss out another opportunity to represent his country.
Left-back Brandon Haunstrup came in for the Scot for the second half of last night’s game, providing two assists. However, it will still be an inconvenience if Jackett has to use him there as it is not his natural position.