Chaplin returns to Pompey training

Pompey striker Conor Chaplin
Pompey striker Conor Chaplin
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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.