Andy Awford believes Wes Fogden will bounce back from his Pompey injury agony.
The popular midfielder is battling to play this season after damaging ligaments in his knee.
The injury occurred during training last Tuesday, with the 26-year-old given the bombshell prognosis on Friday following scans.
Fogden has now been left on crutches wearing a knee brace as he begins the road to recovery.
It’s a challenge Awford is convinced the former Bournemouth man will rise to with the same energy and enthusiasm he demonstrates in his play.
Fogden’s never-say-die attitude has made him a favourite among the Fratton faithful.
And Awford is hoping to see him back in action before the season’s end. He said: ‘Wes has got ligament damage. He twisted his knee and fell a bit awkwardly on Tuesday in training.
‘We had him scanned on Thursday, got the results on Friday and there is a bit of ligament damage there.
‘That’s football, you move on, wrap him back up in cotton wool and get him back out there as soon as we can.
‘Unfortunately injuries are part and parcel of the game – as I well know – so we will get him back and when he does he will be like a brand new player for us.
‘That will give us a real good boost when he comes back into the squad.
‘Wes being Wes, you know he will give everything to come back from this.
‘He puts effort into everything he does.
‘There is no timescale. He will be back involved as soon as he is able to be.
‘I hope he’ll be back this season, again we don’t know.
‘It might be a couple of months, it might be 12 months. I honestly don’t know.
‘That will be how quickly his body heals.
‘He’s obviously a bit down, he is going to be, isn’t he?
‘He was looking forward to the start of the season and he had such a good end with us.’
Meanwhile, David Connolly’s Blues future is clearer following his omission from Pompey’s opening pre-season fixture on Saturday.
The veteran striker was not among the 26 on duty in the 4-0 victory at the Hawks.
Despite being fit and continuing to train with Pompey, he was absent along with injured duo Fogden and Tom Craddock.
While Connolly didn’t feature, youngsters Ben Close, Bradley Tarbuck, Nick Awford and Jack Maloney were all given game time.
Awford continues to remain tightlipped on the subject of the 37-year-old, who spent the second half of the season on loan at Oxford United.
But it is obvious he is not part of his first-team plans and unlikely to represent Pompey again.
Awford said: ‘We chose not to put him in the squad.’
When asked whether Connolly will feature at all during pre-season, he added: ‘We will see.’