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League One side Portsmouth are awaiting to find out the real extent of a thigh injury picked up by right-back James Bolton in their 2-1 win over Scunthorpe United on Tuesday night.

The summer signing reported a thigh injury to the medical team during the interval, and was withdrawn 49 minutes into the tie with Christian Burgess taking his spot at right-back for the rest of the tie, Portsmouth.co.uk have reported.

The defender is set to undergo a scan today as Kenny Jackett waits to find out the true extent of the injury following the game, but it is unlikely he will be available for the clash against Barnsley at the weekend in the FA Cup.

The 25-year-old joined the club from Shrewsbury Town at the start of the season and he has made 20 appearances for his new club in the last seven months, netting one goal.

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Due to Bolton’s injury however, Jackett now sees his options on the right side of defence getting slimmer, as Ross McCrorie is yet to return from parent club Rangers due to a hamstring injury, and Anton Walkes left for Atlanta United earlier in the transfer window.

The Verdict

Bolton has shown that he has the talent to produce for Portsmouth when used this season, but Jackett will be disappointed that his defender has suffered a reoccurence of the injury.

Jackett will now have to reassess whether he brings in another right-back for the duration of the season as he attempts to combat the lack of depth in that area of the pitch.


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