Skipper faces spell on sidelines

Paul Robinson walks off after suffering his injury. Picture: Joe Pepler
Paul Robinson walks off after suffering his injury. Picture: Joe Pepler
  • Skipper has suspected fractured cheek bone
  • Awford hopeful Passley will return for Cheltenham

PAUL ROBINSON is facing a stay on the sidelines with a suspected fractured cheekbone.

But Andy Awford is hopeful Josh Passley will be back for tomorrow’s clash with Cheltenham Town.

Robinson was taken off in the second half of Saturday’s 2-0 win over Luton, after a brave goal-line clearance saw him floored in a collision.

The 33-year-old is now likely to be unavailable tomorrow as Pompey aim to build on the win at Fratton Park.

Awford wants to see his replacement lay down a marker against the Robins.

He said: ‘Robbo has a shiner and it appears to be a fracture.

‘There’s a fracture there, so he will be out for a period.

‘He’ll have it X-rayed and then we’ll see.

‘He’s been magnificent for us in the middle of that back three.

‘What it will do is give an opportunity for someone else to step in and do a job.’

Passley missed out on the win over Luton after picking up a hamstring injury last week.

Andy Barcham impressed as he took his place in the side in the right wing-back position against the Hatters.

Passley failed a fitness test on Saturday morning but Awford is upbeat about the prospect of him being back in the fray tomorrow.

He said: ‘Josh has had that slight hamstring. He might be okay for tomorrow.

‘He was 50-50 but had a fitness test and didn’t get through it.

‘He might be okay but he had a tight hamstring on the training pitch. We’ll have to see how he is.

‘He’s stayed with us for treatment but we’ll look at it today and judge when he’s back in the squad.’