Chorley return poses defensive dilemma

Ben Chorley  Picture: Joe Pepler
Ben Chorley Picture: Joe Pepler
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Ben Chorley is back from suspension to bolster Pompey’s options for the visit of Bristol Rovers.

Meanwhile, Jack Whatmough has the all-clear after pulling out of England duty with a knee problem.

It leaves Andy Awford with a defensive dilemma.

Chorley has served a four-match ban following his sending off against York.

The final three fixtures of his absence have seen Bondz N’Gala and Whatmough operate in the centre of defence – helping the Blues to three successive wins.

Now Chorley is back, leaving the Blues’ caretaker boss agonising over his line-up.

And despite Whatmough being sidelined from England under-18 duty against Germany on Wednesday, Awford has all three to choose from.

He said: ‘Ben is back from suspension and has been part of the spirit that has been created.

‘He’s a good lad around the dressing room, a good character and to have him back available is a big plus.

‘Ben’s a good pro, knows his own body and manages it well and we will have another look at him today and decide what to do.

‘Bondz has been terrific and Jack is now back in the fray and we fully expect him to be available for selection.

‘Jack had an issue with growing pains in his knees previously, he shouted over on Saturday after 55 or 60 minutes they were starting to play up again – then the third goal went in and they got better!

‘With a 17-year-old to manage a schedule of Saturday, Wednesday, Saturday, Monday, I spoke with England on Saturday night and the best thing to do was to rest him up.

‘He came back to training yesterday, it was the right decision, they understood it was a too heavy workload for him.’