David Connolly has pencilled in tomorrow for his Pompey injury return.
The veteran striker has told The News he is ready to start training again after recovering from the injuries which have forced him out of the past five matches.
A tear in Connolly’s right calf has now healed, while encouraging progress after a problem with his left Achilles has put him on the verge of making his comeback.
Tom Craddock and Marcos Painter are also nearing their returns following injury to bolster the squad.
Pompey’s joint-top scorer, though, is confident he will be back tomorrow and available for Saturday’s visit of Exeter.
Connolly said: ‘It’s good – hopefully I’ll be in training tomorrow and then we will go from there.
‘Against York we had already made three subs with about 20 minutes to go and there was a little tear in my right calf and my Achilles was hurting.
‘But you cannot come off when you are losing, you stay on there until the end – and it did it more damage than good.
‘That’s the way it goes. If we had another substitute left I would have come off.
‘We’ve had people injured who are aged 21, I’m not the only one. There have been a lot of injuries for all ages and sizes so I don’t think it is particularly down to age, more circumstances.
‘Hopefully I will be available straight away, so it’s up to the manager what he does.
‘I don’t suggest things because it means I will be in the team – we’re actually talking about bringing in a striker and him playing. It’s whatever is best for the team.’
Connolly scored four goals in his opening four matches this season. Yet, since a sending off against Chesterfield, he has featured just twice for the Blues.