Portsmouth’s Tom Naylor, Sean Raggett and Ross McCrorie are all back in first-team training and could be in contention to return to the side against Northampton Town, according to Kenny Jackett.
The Pompey manager was speaking to the club website ahead of their upcoming Leasing.com Trophy second round tie at Fratton Park tomorrow evening, and Jackett said the trio have progressed well following their injury concerns.
“Tom and Ross were both in full training on Monday, while Sean Raggett was back towards the end of last week,” Jackett said.
“All three of them are fit and available for selection, with Jack [Whatmough] and Bryn [Morris] the only guys currently unavailable.”
Dependant on whether Jackett feels like it is worth the risk, the trio could feature for Portsmouth against The Cobblers tomorrow evening, which will be welcome news for the rest of the squad.
On-loan Rangers right-back Ross McCrorie has been on the sidelines since suffering a hamstring issue against Oxford United that forced him to withdraw from international duty with Scotland’s under-21 side.
Tom Naylor (hamstring) and Sean Raggett (adductor) both picked up issues in the same game for Portsmouth – their 2-1 win against Harrogate Town in November in the FA Cup.
Central defender Raggett was an unused substitute against Altrincham on Saturday, and should be fully fit. Naylor resumed training this week, which could mean the Northampton game could come too soon for the central defensive midfielder.
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It is a big plus for Kenny Jackett that McCrorie, Raggett and Naylor have been given a clean bill of health ahead of two games for Pompey in a space of a week.
Oli Hawkins has filled in at centre-back for Sean Raggett, with Anton Walkes and Brandon Haunstrup coming in for Naylor and McCrorie respectively.