Appleton unsure on Gyepes recruitment

Gabor Gyepes gets a taste of Fratton Park. Picture: Steve Reid (121000-176)
Gabor Gyepes gets a taste of Fratton Park. Picture: Steve Reid (121000-176)
Pompey's Jack Whatmough heads at goal against Oxford United. Picture: Joe Pepler/Digital South.

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Michael Appleton is eyeing defensive cover for his Pompey squad.

Although he has yet to decide whether Gabor Gyepes is the man to step in.

The Hungarian international is currently on a week’s trial at Fratton Park.

The 30-year-old has been without a club since his Cardiff contract was cancelled by mutual consent in January.

Gyepes, right, was spotted by fans warming up with strength and conditioning coach Chris Neville on the Fratton turf before Tuesday’s clash with Birmingham.

Pompey will continue to assess him for the remainder of the week as Appleton mulls over whether to offer a contract.

He said: ‘Gabor is training with us for a few days just to see where he is fitness-wise.

‘You look at the bench the other night and it is certainly healthy going forward.

‘But we are a little bit short defensively with Aaron Mokoena being injured and Adam Webster on the bench as cover.

‘Maybe we need to bring a defender in.

‘Gabor is a free agent and we are in the situation now where we don’t know what division we are going to be in.

‘Most people have written us off but we have to prepare now.

‘We have to get players in who can probably help us in both leagues and I think he has got a bit of experience of playing in both.

‘We will have a look at him and see where he is. If there is anything to do and we are able to do it we will make that decision.’

Gyepes made just two appearances for Cardiff this season and spent last week trialling at Preston.

Now he is at Fratton Park, having previously worked with first-team coach Stuart Gray at Wolves and Northampton.

Appleton added: ‘Gabor arrived on Monday, did a little bit on his own on Tuesday and will train with us today and Friday.

‘We will take it from there really. That’s the idea, just to see where he is.’