Jack Whatmough primed for return

Jack Whatmough
Jack Whatmough

Jack Whatmough could get his first taste of match action in eight months tomorrow.

The talented Pompey defender has made steady progress in his recovery from the serious knee injury he suffered against Cheltenham back in March and has been stepping up his training regime in recent weeks.

And now boss Paul Cook is assessing whether the 19-year-old is ready for a more competitive match ahead of a friendly at Bournemouth (Hamworthy, 1pm).

Cook said: ‘Jack has been smashing.

‘We are not sure if he will play. He might get 15 minutes but we’ll have a look at it.’

Although it will be the Cherries’ under-21 side, they may also use the opportunity for some of their fringe first-teamers, as they have in recent fixtures.

Cook is keen to get some minutes into a few of his Pompey squad and confirmed that Jayden Stockley is set to return against his parent club.

‘The likes of Jayden and Ben Close will get a game. There are a few lads who need one,’ said Cook.

Goalkeeper Paul Jones is now back in training from his own knee ligament injury after two months out, although he is not yet ready to play, while Gary Roberts is not yet in contention.

Cook added: ‘Paul Jones is back training on the grass, which is good.

‘We won’t push him on and we don’t do that with the injured lads.

‘This game has come a bit too quickly for him.

‘Gary is getting nearer and he thinks he is closer than he is.

‘He usually runs past my office window to show me that he thinks he is fit but we need to make sure it’s right.’