Boss to assess injury to defender ahead of Cobblers trip

  • Whatmough 50/50 for Cobblers
  • Craddock not ready to return

Andy Awford will this morning assess the fitness of Jack Whatmough before finalising his side for Northampton.

The teenager missed the weekend draw against Oxford with a knock, with Ben Chorley slotting in as his replacement.

Pompey defender Jack Whatmough Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey defender Jack Whatmough Picture: Joe Pepler

The Blues went on to pick up a goalless draw against Michael Appleton’s side, with a fifth clean sheet in seven matches.

Whatmough is now battling to make it for tonight’s trip to Northampton (7.45pm), although Awford will run the rule over him in training this morning.

Yet, at present, the youngster is rated as 50/50.

‘Jack will go out there on the training ground this morning. If we can add him to the squad great, if we can’t we can’t,’ said Awford.

I would say Jack is bang on 50/50 and we will assess that this morning

Andy Awford

‘I would say Jack is bang on 50/50 and we will assess that this morning.

‘Defensively, we were solid again as a team on Saturday.

‘Oxford didn’t pose us too many problems and that was the pleasing thing.’

Wes Fogden is once again in the frame for the match-day 18 as he continues his return from injury.

James Dunne serves the second of his two-match ban, although Paul McCallum is available once again having served his seven-match suspension.

McCallum – who has recently spent time back at parent club West Ham United – is short of match fitness and Awford indicated the striker will not be considered for tonight’s fixture.

Meanwhile, Tom Craddock has still to return to training after being taken out for three weeks in his on-going comeback from a serious knee injury.

Awford added: ‘Tom is still in his rehabilitation.

‘He had a three-week lay off, which was always planned, and was back out there yesterday doing some work with the physios.

‘You would like to think he will go back into training sessions quite soon, but he’s still a little bit away yet.

‘They needed to give him that break because of the injury. He needed that pause to allow his body to recover and ensure he didn’t pick up anything else.

‘But he will be back out there soon, hopefully, joining in the training sessions and then off he goes again and we will take it from there.

‘We have plenty of reserve games coming up for him to play in, including two in one week sometime next month.

‘There has been no set-back, it is just part of his rehabilitation. He is just doing as he is told so fair play to him.’