Injured midfielder seeking fortnight return

David Norris was sent off for this challenge on West Ham's Winston Reid
David Norris was sent off for this challenge on West Ham's Winston Reid
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David Norris is targeting a Pompey return within the next fortnight.

The midfielder hasn’t kicked a ball since being sent off against West Ham.

He was subsequently banned for three matches for that dismissal.

It was a period the Blues used to send him to a surgeon to resolve a double hernia problem.

Norris has now missed the past six matches at a time when Pompey’s paper-thin squad is ravaged by injury,

But the summer signing believes he could be back in the next two weeks to boost Michael Appleton’s options.

He said: ‘It’s getting there, I’m looking at a couple of weeks.

‘It was a bit slow at first but is now getting a bit better day-by-day.

‘I am outside, I am running, twisting and turning a little bit with the ball.

‘I’ve got sprinting, checking and more ball work to do – then I’ll need a week’s training with the boys as well.

‘That is what will be expected of me and hopefully I’ll be okay in a couple of weeks.

‘I’m feeling stronger and my fitness will obviously need topping up but I am getting closer now.’

Norris was given a red card following a challenge on Winston Reid on January 14.

Since then Pompey have picked up four points from a possible 16.

In addition, the 10-point deduction for entering administration has plunged them into a relegation battle.

Along with Luke Varney, Norris has been a frustrated spectator during that time.

Varney, who suffered a medial knee ligament injury back in December, is also feeling his way back to fitness.

And Norris is desperate to get out playing with his team-mates again.

He added: ‘It has been so frustrating not being able to join the lads during an important time.

‘It wasn’t a straight-forward hernia operation because when I went into it I wasn’t in the best of shape.

‘Still, your body will let you know when you are ready and we will see how it goes.’