KEITH Hill’s fingers are crossed that some of his players will return from injury in time for Saturday’s trip to Portsmouth.
As many as 12 players have been sidelined in the past six weeks. But slowly but surely the Reds are welcoming back key players as they look to extend their impressive seven-game unbeaten run.
“We’ll have a good idea this week who is going to be fit,” Hill told The Star. “It’s unfortunate to have had so many injuries, but I can only work with fit players who can affect things for me on the pitch. And the players that have come in because of injuries have done excellently.”
Defender Bobby Hassell is expected to train today after a groin injury picked up in the club’s home win over Coventry City, their last outing.
Striker Craig Davies is back training having been sidelined with another groin injury and, providing how quickly he proves his match fitness, then the former Chesterfield hitman could be in line for a return at Fratton Park.
Experienced defender Rob Edwards is “coming on strong” in training according to Hill, having been missing with a hamstring injury, with a possible return on Saturday.
Striker Danny Haynes continues to have heat treatment on his hamstring and could be back in time, but the diagnosis is not good for the injured Matt Done and David Perkins.
Perkins is out for at least three weeks with his hamstring, while Done is also struggling to be fit with his hamstring strain.
Defender Luke Potter has been made available for loan having returned from a medial ligament operation.
Midfielder Reuben Noble-Lazarus is recovering from an ankle injury, while fellow midfielder Goran Lovre is a long-term absentee with a knee injury.