Liam Lawrence remains hopeful that team-mate David Nugent will be alongside him at Pompey next season.
The influential midfielder returned to the Blues first team as a substitute in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough after a three-week absence with a calf strain.
But with Nugent out of contract in the summer and negotiations between the club and his agent seemingly delayed until the end of the season, Lawrence is optimistic the former Preston man will pen a new deal to be a key part of Pompey’s future.
Lawrence said: ‘Nuge is fantastic. He’s a great lad, he’s a good player and a player we are going to need here.
‘I’d love the club and him to get something sorted out with the contract.
‘It’s just something between him and the club but I hope they get it sorted because we definitely need him next year.’
After getting through half an hour following his injury lay-off, Lawrence reported he suffered no reaction to the injury.
Although, he did admit that his fitness had suffered through his absence.
He said: ‘I’ve been dying to play, I’ve been dying to train all week and I’ve not been able to.
‘I’ve only been able to train one day in about three weeks and I’ve come and got on as sub.
‘I was a bit tired because I only trained on Friday.
‘When you’ve not trained for three weeks it takes it out of you.
‘It’s been frustrating because I’ve been playing with the injury with injections in it for two or three weeks.
‘But now I’m just glad it’s sorted. I’ve not had a reaction, so fingers crossed.’