Pompey explain Chaplin’s injury omission

Pompey forward Conor Chaplin Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey forward Conor Chaplin Picture: Joe Pepler
The Fratton End at Fratton Park. Picture: Joe Pepler

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POMPEY will exercise caution with Conor Chaplin as he misses the clash with Gillingham.

The striker is out of Sunday’s televised trip to Priestfield with a hamstring-related injury.

Chaplin felt the problem in the warm-up for Tuesday’s Checkatrade Trophy win over Crawley.

That’s after the 20-year-old returned to training this week, following two games out with a similar issue.

The Blues are already missing Brett Pitman for the game with a host of defenders sidelined or major doubts.

Pompey boss Kenny Jackett admitted it’s a frustration for both player and club.

He said: ‘Chaplin felt his hamstring during the warm-up on Tuesday. He won’t be available.

‘It is frustrating for Conor. It’s been a niggly injury rather than a real pull or a rupture. It’s enough to keep him out for the weekend.

‘We need to get it 100-per-cent right.

‘It’s a frustration for him and a frustration for us.

‘He’s stuck on 99 games – but I’m convinced he’ll get over the line on that one.’

Head physiotherapist, Bobby Bacic, explained Pompey weren’t prepared to take any risks with the injury.

He said: ‘You’ve got the hamstring at the back and you’ve got a skinny auxiliary muscle. He was feeling fine, confident and then with one kicking motion it was enough to irritate it.

‘If he was a semi-pro footballer it might be one they’d crack on with, but we’re not in the business of ignoring injuries.’

– JORDAN CROSS