Wes safely negotiates Pompey comeback

Wes Fogden. Picture: Joe Pepler
Wes Fogden. Picture: Joe Pepler

Wes Fogden has safely negotiated his Pompey comeback following injury.

The midfielder lined up for the Blues in a friendly 3-1 defeat at Woking yesterday afternoon.

It marked his first match since damaging knee ligaments in training back in July 2014.

Andy Awford and his medical staff had predetermined Fogden would be given the opening 30 minutes at the Kingsfield Stadium.

The 26-year-old emerged unscathed to put himself in the frame to feature for the reserves at AFC Wimbledon on February 17.

Paul McCallum, Nicky Shorey and Patrick Agyemang also featured in an otherwise youthful team managed by Paul Hardyman.

Vanarama Conference side Woking netted twice before half-time to enter the break 2-0 up and then increased their lead with a third goal in the second half.

Out-of-favour Agyemang netted a consolation for the visitors as they slipped to a 3-1 defeat.

Regardless of the result, the game offered the opportunity for precious game time to Blues players with no reserve fixture this week.

For McCallum – who is banned from all first-team and reserve football this month – it was a first appearance since his sending off against Southend.

He will next be available for the League Two trip to Northampton on Tuesday, March 3.

In addition, Nicky Shorey has not been selected for Pompey’s last two squads, while it was a rare turnout for striker Agyemang.

Yet the central figure was Fogden as he continues along the comeback trail with his first match since facing Plymouth on the final day of last season.