Conor Chaplin has provided Pompey with an injury boost.
The striker, who missed the past two games with a hamstring problem, returned to training today.
The 20-year-old is now in the frame for tomorrow night’s Checkatrade Trophy game against Crawley at Fratton Park.
His return is timely, with fellow front man Brett Pitman – who is dealing with an ongoing knee problem – set to undergo an operation on his broken.
The Blues are also short of numbers at the back, with central-defensive options Nathan Thompson (head), Christian Burgess (calf) and Jack Whatmough (knee) all out.