Appy ready to let Hungarian loose

Akos Buzsaky in action at MK Dons on Saturday   Picture: Sarah Standing
Akos Buzsaky in action at MK Dons on Saturday Picture: Sarah Standing

Michael Appleton will unleash Akos Buzsaky against Wycombe tonight.

The Pompey boss will hand the mercurial Hungarian his full debut in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at Fratton Park.

Fans have been waiting to see midfielder Buzsaky in action since he signed a month-long deal for the Blues at the start of October.

The 30-year-old, who played in the Premier League with QPR last season, was given a nine-minute outing in the 2-2 draw at MK Dons on Saturday.

But he will now be given his first significant minutes in tonight’s second-round tie.

Appleton said: ‘Akos will get his game against Wycombe.

‘He’ll start and it’ll be an opportunity for him to get 60 or 70 minutes under his belt.

‘He’s looked good in training so, from here, we’ll assess his fitness.

‘He has bags of quality and we want to use him to the best of our ability.

‘Akos needs game-time. He is obviously one who needs to start. The idea was to bring him on earlier at MK Dons, but I didn’t want to leave us too open there.

‘But he will be champing at the bit to start now.’

Appleton has to carefully weigh up how to best utilise his limited squad options tonight.

Mustapha Dumbuya has been called up for international duty for Sierra Leone and will miss the game, while Lubomir Michalik is on standby for Slovakia.

Both Josh Thompson (ankle) and Darel Russell (hamstring) are injured.

Wes Thomas is likely to continue up front and Appleton has to decide whether to give the likes of Ashley Harris, Liam Walker and Jack Compton minutes.

Appleton said: ‘We have to have a real think about the Wycombe game.

‘There will be a few raring to go so we have to have a real look at it.

‘There will be a few it will benefit more to play than rest. We have to look at who it benefits to play rather than rest.

‘Mustapha is going to Sierra Leone. It’s a bit disappointing when you have a squad as small as ours. Lubo Michalik is on standby for a call-up for his country. We are hoping and praying he doesn’t get called up.

‘There are a few different scenarios but the Wycombe game is an opportunity for people to get minutes under their belt and get a bit of game-time.

‘It’s also a chance to stake a claim for a starting position on Saturday.

‘Wes Thomas hasn’t played in this competition so it could be an opportunity for him to get a couple of goals.

‘We can’t change it a lot. We have to be careful and look after the players.

‘It’s about giving the right players the right time.’