Pompey duo benefit from blank weekend

Ryan Taylor. Picture: Joe Pepler
Ryan Taylor. Picture: Joe Pepler

Ryan Taylor and Jack Whatmough have shaken off their injury worries and declared themselves fit to be in contention for the Accrington Stanley clash.

The duo were both subsituted in the 3-1 defeat at Tranmere Rovers and would both have missed out if Pompey had been playing last weekend.

Taylor limped off early in the second half after going over on his ankle in an awkward fall.

Whatmough, meanwhile, was forced off in the first half with a knee problem and was replaced by Ben Chorley.

But Pompey boss Andy Awford believes the extra week’s worth of recovery time means they are both now available for selection.

He said: ‘I don’t think Ryan Taylor and Jack Whatmough would have made it if we’d had a game last weekend.

‘The extra recovery time for those two has been good.

‘You always want games, of course you do.

‘But that has given us that extra bit of time to get them fit.’

Joe Devera looks set to be added to the squad after being out for almost a month with a hamstring problem.

But the game will be too soon for Adam Webster and Danny East.

Both made their respective comebacks from their injuries in the reserves’ 2-2 draw with Newport County earlier this week but need more game time to be considered.

Awford said: ‘Joe is available and came through the game without any problems.

‘Those reserve games are there to get them ready for first-team action.

‘But it’s far too soon for Danny East. He’s been out for five months and he has played half an hour.

‘It’s probably still a bit too soon for Adam Webster, even though he got through 45 minutes.’