Pompey face injury crisis for Tykes trip

Pompey could not afford to pay for Liam Lawrence's scan on a calf injury
Pompey could not afford to pay for Liam Lawrence's scan on a calf injury
Molly Clark came into the Pompey Ladies side and scored against Luton. Picture: Jordan Hampton

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Pompey face an injury crisis for Saturday’s trip to Barnsley, with eight first-teamers struggling to make the clash.

Kelvin Etuhu (hamstring), Liam Lawrence (calf), David Norris (recovering from a hernia operation) and Luke Varney (knee) are all out.

Meanwhile, Greg Halford (knee), Ricardo Rocha (calf) and Joel Ward (hip flexor) are all rated as 50/50, with Tal Ben Haim needing injections on a knock to make the game.

Pompey boss Michael Appleton today revealed in his weekly press conference that the club could not afford to send Lawrence for a scan to discover the extent of his injury.

Their financial crsis has also meant they will be travelling to Barnsley by coach instead of flying, and that training ground staff could not access their pitch equipment after the storage company changed the locks.

The mass of injuries will prove a massive blow to Pompey’s already-threadbare squad, which currently stands at just 18 players.

That has led to the club going to the Football League this afternoon to request if they can make emergency loans to help boost numbers.