Pompey dealt mixed news on injuries

Patrick Agyemang. Picture: Joe Pepler
Patrick Agyemang. Picture: Joe Pepler
Matt Clarke Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey pair scrap it out for centre-half spot

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PATRICK AGYEMANG will miss Pompey’s League Two opener at Exeter.

The Blues striker will be on the sidelines for a fortnight after picking up a hamstring injury last week.

And Agyemang is joined in the treatment room by Danny East, who is still a way off being available for selection as he recovers from a hamstring problem.

But Ryan Taylor is set to return to training today after a thigh injury.

Ricky Holmes is also progressing well and is expected to be available to face the Grecians.

Defender Joe Devera pulled out of training yesterday with a tight groin, as a precautionary move.

Pompey boss Andy Awford said: ‘Patrick, Ricky and Ryan are all under the microscope.

‘Ryan is at the university doing some stuff with the medical staff.

‘Hopefully he will be available for Saturday.

‘He should be back with the rest of the group today.

‘He needed to do his last little bit before coming back in with the lads.

‘I don’t know about Ricky yet, but we hope he’s okay.

‘You can’t guarantee it – but we hope so. I think Pat’s a bit less likely than those.

‘Easty is still no different. He’s still with the medical people. Until he’s out with the others he can’t be considered.’

Meanwhile, Tom Craddock is making progress as he recovers from his long-term knee injury.

Craddock is now a fortnight away from starting running.

First-year pro Ben Close is close to a return from his hamstring injury.

But fellow teenager Bradley Tarbuck is still on crutches after picking up an ankle injury in the second half of the friendly victory over Thurrock last month.