Pompey striker poised for surprise return

Tom Craddock. Picture: Sarah Standing (131976-2748)
Tom Craddock. Picture: Sarah Standing (131976-2748)
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Tom Craddock is poised for a shock Pompey comeback this weekend.

The striker had been expected to be sidelined for a fortnight after injuring his knee last week.

At the time it was feared he may have ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in the training ground incident.

Despite an MRI scan allaying such concerns, the 26-year-old was still anticipated to be out for two weeks.

Yet Craddock has surprised the club’s medical team by returning considerably ahead of schedule.

He was back training with physio and assistant manager Steve Allen on Tuesday and is expected to feature today.

Marcos Painter has already been back in full training since Monday after a hamstring pull.

And Allen is hopeful Craddock can join him ahead of Saturday’s trip to Burton.

He said: ‘I was a bit worried Tom could have sustained damage to his anterior cruciate ligament and a consultant gave him an MRI scan.

‘It turned out it was bone bruising and nothing too serious was damaged.

‘Then he trained with me as a physio on Tuesday and has been okay, so as long as we don’t get a reaction then fingers crossed.

‘If no fluid appears on the knee there is no reason why he shouldn’t be available.

‘To be honest, it was a bit of a scare and we’re ecstatic he is recovering so well.

‘He deserves to get a little bit of luck because Pompey fans certainly have not seen best of him yet.

‘As for Marcos, he was back in full training on Monday and there have been no adverse reactions.

‘He should be challenging to make the Pompey squad.’