Encouraging news on latest Barcham setback

Pompey wide man Andy Barcham Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey wide man Andy Barcham Picture: Joe Pepler

Andy Barcham’s latest Pompey setback is not believed to be as bad as initially thought.

Although, Richie Barker still expects the flying winger to be absent from his squad for tomorrow’s trip to Fleetwood.

Barcham sustained a thigh strain having returned to training, following time off for the birth of his first child.

It means the 27-year-old has now missed the Blues’ past four matches.

The latest blow maintains a frustrating period for Barcham, who began the season in outstanding form on the left flank.

A dip in displays was followed by a thigh injury in Barker’s second match in charge at Bristol Rovers.

That also ruled him out for four matches when the Pompey boss believed the winger was beginning to recapture his best displays upon his return.

Now, once again, Pompey are without the ex-Gillingham player.

Barker said: ‘Andy’s injury is not as bad as we thought, but I don’t know how bad it is.

‘Our physio thought it was going to be for quite a while and it turns out it hopefully won’t be.

‘Will he be available tomorrow? I doubt it.

‘It’s a thigh strain again. The same thigh as before but a different part of his thigh.

‘On Saturday, against Cheltenham, we were looking at the bench thinking in terms of some fresh legs in wide areas – and Andy would have been ideal.

‘We have gone from having an embarrassment of riches in wide areas to Andy being out again, so we must wait and see.’

Pompey are also awaiting injury developments with Ben Chorley and Romain Padovani.

Chorley came off at half-time against Burton with an Achilles problem and was replaced by Sonny Bradley in the centre of defence.

As for Padovani, he injured his calf during the same match and it casts into doubt his presence at Highbury Stadium.

Barker added: ‘Romain hurt his calf against Burton, we will see how he gets on in the next 24 hours.

‘He had a header at the back post and, as he landed, the lad trod on him.

‘They can be often a lot worse than they look in the first 24-48 hours. You wake up the next day and it can be stiff.’

Meanwhile, John Sullivan is currently back training with Pompey, although remains registered on loan at Cambridge until the end of the season.

The keeper has made five appearances for the promotion-chasing U’s, who face Gosport in the FA Trophy final at Wembley on March 23.