Hughes returns but no Brown

Richard Hughes played in the behind-closed-doors friendly against Reading
Richard Hughes played in the behind-closed-doors friendly against Reading
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Richard Hughes has made his Pompey return in a behind-closed-doors friendly with Reading.

But Michael Brown was a notable absentee in the 1-0 win on Tuesday.

The Blues featured two unnamed triallists in the clash at Reading’s training ground – one of which netted the only goal of the game.

Meanwhile, Hughes had his first outing since his contract wrangle came to a head.

The midfielder last featured in the draw at Leeds. Team-mate Brown is in the same situation, although did not feature against the Royals.

Pompey (minus two triallists): Flahavan, Gregory, Sonko, Rocha, Dickinson, Kilbey, Hughes, Ryan, Ciftci.

n Pompey have offered academy scholarships to nine players from their under-16s.

New Academy manager Andy Awford has given two-year deals to Tom Fry, Liam Triggs, Jack Maloney, Nick Awford, Josh Warren, Stuart Moore, Kane Cook, George Branford and Adam Webster.