Pompey welcome back skipper for Manchester City clash

Calvin Davies. Picture: Colin Farmery
Calvin Davies. Picture: Colin Farmery

Pompey’s bid for an FA Youth Cup upset has been boosted by the return of skipper Calvin Davies following injury.

Mikey Harris’ Academy side host Manchester City at Fratton Park on Tuesday (7pm) in an eagerly-anticipated fixture.

Calvin is a big player for us. He has been very consistent this season and also did well during a loan spell at the Hawks, so it’s good to have him available

Mikey Harris

The Blues are hoping for a bumper crowd to cheer on the youngsters against a City team which reached the final last season.

Harris will welcome back Davies after the highly-regarded right-back sustained whiplash in a recent car accident.

Pompey’s captain, who scored twice in last month’s second round success at the expense of Bristol Rovers, returned to training on Tuesday.

And after missing last weekend’s win at Yeovil, he is available to bolster attempts to pull off a shock.

Under-18s boss Harris said: ‘Calvin is back and training fully after a car accident.

‘It had left him with whiplash and ruled him out of the last two matches as well as training.

‘By all accounts the car crash wasn’t his fault.

‘He was driving along and somebody turned across him and hit him. His car was in a very bad way.

‘It’s massive news he is now back and, all being well, he should be fine for the Manchester City game.

‘Calvin is a big player for us. He has been very consistent this season and also did well during a loan spell at the Hawks, so it’s good to have him available.

‘In that Bristol Rovers game he was fantastic.

‘He was the catalyst for us getting back into the match after being 2-0 down.

‘He’s a leader, all the boys want him alongside them, so we will see how he reacts in training now.

‘Fingers crossed he will be okay and ready for Tuesday.’

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