Duo hopeful of Pompey comebacks

Adam McGurk. Picture: Colin Farmery
Adam McGurk. Picture: Colin Farmery
Kenny Jackett. Picture: Joe Pepler

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Adam McGurk and Adam Barton could finally be granted their Pompey unveiling during this weekend’s double-header.

The duo sat in the stands with injuries for Saturday’s pre-season curtain-raiser at the Hawks.

It was an unfortunate setback for the pair who joined the Blues on the same day last month.

However, their absences are regarded as precautionary with Friday’s trip to the Rocks (7.30pm) pencilled in as a return.

Alternately, they could be back for the visit to Gosport (3pm) the following day.

McGurk has been troubled by a thigh problem, yet managed to train on Friday ahead of the Westleigh Park fixture.

He also took part in a session on Saturday morning but it was decided not to risk him.

Meanwhile, Barton did not train at all in the build-up to the Hawks trip having sustained a groin injury.

The former Coventry man, though, is on course to be considered for a squad return for Friday’s Nyewood Lane clash.

His comeback would add greater competition to a central midfield area which will be fiercely contested this season.

Danny Hollands and Nigel Atangana lined-up there in the first half of the 1-1 draw at the Hawks, with Ben Close and Michael Doyle replacing them after the break.

Meanwhile, James Dunne and Johnny Ertl both sat out the match as their futures look increasingly bleak.

As for McGurk, the 26-year-old is earmarked for an attacking midfield role as part of the three.

He can also operate as a striker.

In addition to the Bognor fixture, Pompey will play Gosport Borough on Saturday as Cook prepares to juggle his squad.