Pompey down to their last 15

Ashley Harris. Picture: Sarah Standing (123431-9574)
Ashley Harris. Picture: Sarah Standing (123431-9574)

Pompey have just 15 players available for tomorrow’s FA Cup first-round showdown with Notts County.

Ashley Harris suffered an ankle injury in training yesterday, which is expected to rule him out of the Fratton Park clash.

Meanwhile, the three loanees – Mikkel Andersen, Carl Dickinson and Scott Allan – are also set to miss out.

While Darel Russell returned to training after his recent hamstring strain, he is nowhere near match-fit.

So that will leave boss Michael Appleton unable to fill the bench.

He said: ‘I’ve got no idea how bad Ashley’s injury is yet.

‘I don’t think it’s a bad one but we’ll have to see.

‘He is a doubt but they will have to wait for the swelling to go down before he can have a scan on it.

‘Darel trained but it was the first time he has trained in six weeks.

‘He may be sat on the bench but if I can get away with not using him, I won’t.

‘So it looks like I’ve got a squad of 15.’

Pompey have already been told by Reading that Andersen is not allowed to play as they do not want him cup-tied.

Appleton said: ‘Reading have been in touch regarding Mikkel.

‘I need to speak to West Brom but I would be amazed if I got the go-ahead for Scott to play.

‘And I’ve had a good chat with Carl but I’m not sure he would be comfortable playing because he doesn’t know where he will be in a month’s time, let alone two months’ time.

‘He doesn’t want to get himself into a position where he could be cup-tied.

‘I’ve got it in my head that none of them will be involved.

‘If any of them are, it’s a boost.’