Pompey received good news that injured James Dunne’s absence will be kept down to a minimum.
The Blues midfielder underwent knee surgery on Tuesday to repair cartilage damaged in the Carlisle pre-match warm-up – but there was also an exploratory element to check there were no further issues to be resolved.
Thankfully, nothing more sinister was found, meaning the former Stevenage man will be out of action for around two months.
That should see Dunne back in contention towards the middle of January, if his recovery goes according to plan.
Blues boss Andy Awford admitted he was relieved there was nothing more serious discovered.
‘It could have been a lot worse,’ said Awford.
‘There were some areas in the knee that they weren’t sure about from the scan.
‘But they went in and did the exploratory operation with the camera.
‘Thankfully, those other areas are okay.
‘Dunnie has only had a minimum of work done and they haven’t found anything else that needed to be done.
‘It was the best-case scenario. We will miss him for seven or eight weeks but it could have been a lot longer.’
While medical methods have moved on in recent years to aid the recovery process, Awford knows the process cannot be rushed.
He added: ‘James is very important to us but we can’t rush him back.
‘He had the operation on Tuesday and is on crutches.
‘It will be a few days before we can start working with him.’