Portsmouth have been dealt a blow for their upcoming FA Cup first-round clash against non-league side Harrogate Town, as Ross McCrorie will be away on international duty.
The defensive midfielder has been called up for the Scotland under-21s squad for their upcoming UEFA European Under-21 qualifiers against Greece by Head Coach Scot Gemmill.
The match against Greece takes place on Friday 15 November at Tynecastle Park, making it likely that McCrorie will miss Monday’s FA Cup tie as he will be joining up with his under-21s teammates.
BBC South reporter Andrew Moon confirmed this news earlier today, as Kenny Jackett revealed the information in Portsmouth’s pre-match press conference ahead of Pompey’s game against Southend United tomorrow evening at Fratton Park.
— Andrew Moon (@mrandrewmoon) November 4, 2019
McCrorie has made ten appearances in total so far this season for Pompey in all competitions, being deployed as either a defensive midfielder or a right-back under Kenny Jackett.
The 21-year-old made the move to Fratton Park in the summer on a season-long loan from Scottish Premiership side Rangers.
As the international break returns after the coming weekend’s fixtures, McCrorie’s miss will be a blow for Portsmouth, as Jackett will want to field a full strength side against Harrogate to avoid any potential first round FA Cup upset.
This will mean that Jackett will have to utilise James Bolton at right-back, as he will look to reclaim his starting spot in the team.