Paul Cook has lifted the lid on the absences of James Dunne and Johnny Ertl from Pompey’s pre-season opener.
The duo were not included in the Blues squad of 25 which travelled to Westleigh Park on Saturday.
Pompey shared a 1-1 draw in their first match under Cook, with Michael Doyle levelling Adrian Clifton’s 21st-minute opener.
Ertl sat in the stands for the fixture, while Dunne was not present.
And Cook explained the reason behind their failure to make the squad which took on Lee Bradbury’s side.
He said: ‘They were never picked on Saturday.
Obviously when we feel there is something to announce we will announce itPaul Cook
‘For squad reasons, I couldn’t get them on the pitch.
‘We are in talks with Johnny at the minute about his future and I am sure when we have something to announce, we will.
‘He’s a really good lad and was still at the game on Saturday.
‘To be fair to James Dunne, his wife is about to go into labour at any minute and we are just trying to be fair, but obviously people will read into that what they want.
‘His missus is expecting their first baby and I think it is important at the minute he concentrates on that, which is an important part of his life, and then he can come back to us and train.
‘They are both training still and working their way towards that.
‘Obviously when we feel there is something to announce we will announce it.’
Also missing on Saturday was Tom Craddock, who had been training with the Blues.
Instead he opted to play as a triallist at Cambridge United, scoring four goals as a second-half substitute against St Neots Town.
The 28-year-old, who has now left Pompey, will remain at the U’s as he attempts to win a contract.