Daniel Alfei is back in the Pompey frame for tomorrow’s trip to Fleetwood.
Richie Barker declined to risk him against Burton Albion on Tuesday night – with the right-back only returning to training 24 hours earlier following a hamstring injury.
Instead, Joe Devera got the full-back role for the third game running, while the Welshman was not included in the match-day 18.
Now Alfei is ready to resume first-team duties and continue what has been an impressive loan spell from Swansea so far.
And Barker must decide whether the time is right to displace Devera, who has helped the Blues to three successive clean sheets.
‘Dan trained with us on Monday and we thought it was a too big a risk to play,’ admitted Barker.
‘If you’ve had a kick on your ankle and it’s are a bit swollen, you’re not going to make it a great deal worse.
‘But when you have got a tight hamstring, the way he plays and the amount of ground he covers, we were putting him at risk involving him on Tuesday night.
‘You also look at it at times that, as a substitute, the last thing you need with a hamstring is to sit down, go and warm-up again, sit down for 10 minutes, go and warm-up again.
‘With people like that, sometimes you are better leaving them out altogether.
‘I don’t know whether it is genetic but Dan has physically got tight hamstrings.
‘He is so enthusiastic. Even with his hamstring, he wants to just keep going, wants to play and please people.
‘He completed a full training session on Wednesday, so has a chance tomorrow.’