David Norris has urged Pompey to end Joe Mattock’s limbo and seal his loan return.
The left-back’s emergency loan expired after Monday’s victory over Watford.
Michael Appleton is desperate to bring him back from parent club West Brom for the remainder of the season.
Mattock himself has made no secret of his desire to return to Fratton Park, while the Baggies would have no objections.
But Appleton remains in the dark over whether he will be able to renew the defender’s stay.
It’s a frustrating time for the Blues boss as he awaits news from club chief executive David Lampitt over whether he can do business during the January transfer window.
As it stands, Pompey have the smallest squad in the Football League.
And Norris is, therefore, hoping Mattock will soon be back on the south coast with the Blues.
He said: ‘Joe has been a good signing.
‘Hopefully, they will sort it out behind the scenes because we need players like that at this club.
‘He’s a good, young, hungry lad who wants to play and has settled in really well with the lads.
‘You can see he has really come on.
‘He’s a good left-back and a good attacker, who can defend but also get forward and cross a ball.
‘I would like to think that is not the last we have seen of him.
‘I just hope we can get the loan extended.
‘What I like about Joe is he gets forward.
‘When you are at home you want your full-backs to get forward, and when they do you get two-on-ones.
‘Against Watford, he was really good.
‘He got inside and got a shot away one time but is also defensively sound.
‘I know he has enjoyed being here.
‘He is playing first-team football, that’s always what you want to do, especially at his age.
‘Joe has done really well, he has been a good addition to the team.
‘And I just hope we can keep him.’
The club’s precarious financial situation is being closely monitored by the Football League.
Regardless, for the second season running, Pompey possess the smallest squad in the competition’s three divisions.
On Monday against Watford they were down to their final 16 players.
That was due to injury and suspension.
But Norris was impressed with those who came into the side for that 2-0 win.
He added: ‘The squad is small and injuries and suspensions might hurt us.
‘But against Watford a couple of lads came in from the cold and did a very good job for us.
‘We’ve got 16 or 17 who can do that.
‘I am sure the manager would like to bring in two or three more but, obviously, as players, there is nothing we can do about that.
‘Tal Ben Haim and Aaron Mokoena are good lads.
‘They could have sulked but they come in and want to do a job.
‘They did themselves proud against Watford.’