Date: 31st July 2017 at 8:33pm
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Pompey should have Christian Burgess available for the League One opener with Rochdale this weekend.

A ‘slight calf problem’ meant Burgess missed Crawley on Saturday.

Jack Whatmough came into the side as he aimed to give Kenny Jackett something to think about, or prove he could fill in if Burgess were forced to miss the game at Fratton Park.

Whatmough, with Tom Davies the one expected to deputise for Matt Clarke, who is out until September, did ok on Saturday but is set to miss out to Davies alongside Burgess now he should be fit.

Burgess trained on Monday and Jackett told the News he expects the defender to be fit, in fact he probably would have played at Crawley if it was a league game.

‘Christian was yesterday back in full training and we are optimistic. If it was a league game he may have played last weekend, but hopefully he has no more problems – he certainly didn’t yesterday morning. We hope that will continue throughout the week and he is available on Saturday.’

On Clarke he added: ‘Although if Clarke does anything in August in terms of training I would be surprised. For Matt, August is going to be unrealistic, it is quite a severe injury. It was a groin injury and we did think 6-8 weeks out. I will be surprised if he plays before September – and he will need some training as well.’


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