Awford has no concerns over Chorley injuries

Pompey boss Andy Awford insists he has no concerns over Ben Chorley’s injury record.

The Blues skipper will again be missing when Wycombe visit Fratton Park on Saturday.

Chorley is currently sidelined with a calf complaint, picked up last week after returning to training from a dead leg.

He has so far missed six of Pompey’s 11 matches during the campaign, in addition to a pre-season friendly with Bournemouth.

The central defender was also hampered by an Achilles problem – and a suspension – after joining last season.

But Awford has no fears over the on-going fitness of the ex-Arsenal man.

He said: ‘The current injury is totally separate to the last one, he has a calf strain.

‘Ben will be out for another week or so, I don’t know the timeframe, all I get told is when they are fit.

‘We have enough cover at centre-half so it’s not a major concern but obviously we want as many players fit as we can.

‘He has been a bit unfortunate with bumps and bruises but that’s football, you have got to get on with it. It is part and parcel of football, I’m not concerned.

‘You are speaking to the right man who picked up enough injuries and Ben’s injuries do not concern me.

‘If he was getting the same injury again and again, then you have to say “hold on a minute, what’s going on here?”

‘But I think he has just been a bit unfortunate at the moment and we will see how he goes as to when he returns.’

Chorley has made 17 appearances since arriving in January.

During that time he has also served two suspensions, one carrying over from Stevenage.