Pompey’s centre-halves curse strikes again

Joe Devera gets patched up after injuring his elbow Picture: Joe Pepler

Joe Devera gets patched up after injuring his elbow Picture: Joe Pepler

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  • Chorley and Nosworthy both injured against Carlisle
  • Awford keen to assess his defensive options ahead of Plymouth visit
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POMPEY face a selection headache after their centre-back curse struck again at Carlisle.

With Paul Robinson and Jack Whatmough both ruled out for the season in recent weeks, boss Andy Awford lost Ben Chorley to a back injury at half-time in the 2-2 draw at Brunton Park yesterday.

I think there is a curse on centre-halves at the moment

Andy Awford

And things went from bad to worse when his replacement, Nyron Nosworthy, lasted just a matter of minutes before a cut forehead saw him replaced by Adam Webster.

If neither recover in time for Monday’s home clash with Plymouth, Awford could be left with limited options in defence.

Both Cole Kpekawa and Johnny Ertl were left out of the 18-man squad for the trip to Cumbria but, presumably, would come back into the frame.

Awford said: ‘I think there is a curse on centre-halves at the moment.

‘We went to a back four in this game and I went with Ben and Joe Devera. That was my choice.

‘Ben came off at half-time with a sore back, then Nyron came on and got a cut straight away, which needed stitches.

‘We were hoping we might be able to get him patched up but it was taking too long and we couldn’t afford to wait any longer.

‘We will have to assess it and see how they are in terms of whether they will be fit for Plymouth.’

Devera also needed treatment on an elbow injury, with suggestions that it was his flailing arm that accidentally caused Nosworthy’s cut.

Awford added: ‘Joe stood up firm.

‘He played with three different central-defensive partners alongside him and he did well.

‘We will have have to see who we can get fit for Monday and take it from there.’

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