The race to finish inside the automatic promotion places took another twist over the Bank Holiday weekend, as Sunderland were forced to settle for a point against Peterborough United on Monday.
It means that Jack Ross’ side are now behind Portsmouth in the league table, and have their promotion hopes out of their hands after Pompey beat Coventry City earlier in the day.
Kenny Jackett’s side can now move into the top two if they are to win their remaining games in League One, but their chances of doing that have decreased after a frustrating injury blow was confirmed.
Jackett revealed in a post-match interview after the win over the Sky Blues, that Omar Bogle is set to miss the remainder of this year’s campaign with an ankle injury.
“He’s got a knee and ankle injury after making a tackle, and he’s on crutches at the moment. There’s a quite a bit of swelling.
“It will certainly be a week or two before it settles down, but it does look like his regular season is over.”
Bogle has been in impressive form for Portsmouth this season, since he arrived in the January transfer window on loan from Cardiff City.
The forward has scored five goals in 11 appearances for Kenny Jackett’s side as they target a return back to the Championship this season.
He’s a player that was Portsmouth’s main outlet for goals in recent weeks, and he’ll leave a notable void up-front for Pompey.
But this news will certainly have gone down well with Sunderland supporters, as Bogle will be ruled out of their game with the Black Cats this weekend.
Any negative news surrounding Portsmouth at this stage of the season, will be a blessing in disguise for Jack Ross’ side as they target an immediate promotion back to the second tier of English football.
It’s the best possible news for Sunderland, as it’s one less player that will cause them problems at the weekend, and I think this latest injury blow for Pompey could tilt the promotion race into Jack Ross’ side’s favour.
It could be a season-defining moment of the season, that’s for sure.