Fit-again Butler set for new loan

Dan Butler in pre-season action for Pompey
Dan Butler in pre-season action for Pompey

Fit-again Dan Butler is closing in on a loan return to Aldershot.

The promising Blues left-back has recently returned to full training after recovering from the knee ligament injury he suffered while out on loan at the Shots this season.

But having rejoined Pompey’s first-team squad this week after three months out, Butler needs games and now looks likely to head back to the Skrill Premier outfit.

Boss Richie Barker said: ‘Dan has been training with the youth team for a week but was back with us this week.

‘He was great – he worked hard.

‘There is a possibility he will go out on loan again.

‘We wanted to see how he got on in training for a couple of days and then there is a possibility of getting some games somewhere.

‘Aldershot is probably a possibility again.’

Barker has been impressed by the 19-year-old’s enthusiasm and believes he is making the most of his return to fitness.

‘It must have been tough for him because it was a serious injury and, mentally, he has got to get over that,’ said Barker.

‘He is coming back in and will be training with men who will boot him up in the air.

‘But his attitude is fantastic. When lads come back from an injury like that, you find that they have a new wave of enthusiasm.

‘They recognise that sitting in a gym on an exercise bike for 10 weeks isn’t what they came into the game for.

‘People stop taking aspects of the game for granted.

‘But he’s an enthusiastic lad and if someone gives him a bit, he gives it back. He’s not shy and he’s a good kid.

‘He’s had a bit of a knock-back with his knee. He had a fairly successful spell at Aldershot where he got some good experience but we’re just taking it steady to make sure it doesn’t happen again.’