Cotterill rules out more loan arrivals

Pompey boss Steve Cotterill
Pompey boss Steve Cotterill
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Pompey have ruled out any more emergency loan moves following David Cotterill’s arrival.

Steve Cotterill has admitted he is no longer seeking additional loan recruits to bolster his threadbare squad.

The Swansea winger takes the Fratton Park loan tally up to six – yet the Blues can name only five in their 18-man match-day squad.

That scenario is not a concern against Barnsley tomorrow, with Jonathan Hogg suspended.

But it is set to give Steve Cotterill future selection headaches.

And the Pompey boss revealed – unless it came to replacing his latest addition – he’s not pursuing anybody else.

He said: ‘I’m not actively looking at anybody else.

‘David’s here for a month. If that doesn’t go how we would like it to go or it goes very, very well but Swansea want him back, then I might be looking for another one again.

‘But nothing at the moment.

‘I suppose we could bring in more now but then it is going to mean even more explaining to do because someone is going to be left out of the squad from time-to-time.

‘I am not dreading making those calls because I’ve probably known for a while that if I get somebody in I’ve got to do that.

‘However, I’ve got to do it, I’ve got to do it for the sake of the team and our club.

‘There have been enough uncomfortable situations as it is. I don’t think one more will harm me.

‘As long as you explain it right, I think people understand.’

David Cotterill has signed for an initial 32 days, taking him up to March 19.

Pompey’s other loans – including Ritchie de Laet, Carl Dickinson, Ibrahima Sonko and Greg Halford – are here until the season’s end.