Summerfield injury blow will not force Pompey Ladies to bring in new recruit

Victoria Summerfield picked up a knee injury against Spurs at Fratton Park. Picture: Malcolm Wells
Victoria Summerfield picked up a knee injury against Spurs at Fratton Park. Picture: Malcolm Wells
Pompey midfielder Carl Baker Picture: Joe Pepler

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Pompey Ladies are not anticipating bringing in any new defenders despite the recent injury blow to defender Victoria Summerfield.

The centre-back was forced off in last month’s clash with Spurs at Fratton Park with a knee problem.

She has been waiting to find out the full extent of the damage but it is feared she could be sidelined for a lengthy period.

Pompey will certainly miss her presence in the heart of defence.

The management team of Perry Northeast and Katie Poore masterminded a good run of form for the Blues in the final weeks of 2013.

Summerfield played her part in the upturn before she suffered her injury in the defeat against Spurs.

There is no indication yet as to whether she will be able to return to action this season.

Northeast said: ‘It looks like it might be a cruciate.

‘It is a waiting game at the moment. We cannot put a timeframe on it.’

‘Victoria had only just got herself into the side.

‘She was looking good. The players around her were trusting her.

‘It’s a big blow but we will make sure she stays involved with the squad.’

The injury to Summerfield will not force Pompey to delve into the transfer market to bring in a new recruit.

Both Becky Hunt and Tiff Taylor are versatile enough to do a solid job for the team at centre-back.

Fiona McMillan has also provided the club with a big boost by recovering from a long-term knee injury.

The experienced centre-half has worked hard to get back to fitness and Northeast feels she has returned stronger than ever.

He said: ‘Fi started against Brighton and looked like she had never been out.

‘With Fi that was a bit of an emotional return.

‘She was at the first pre-season session and said she was prepared to fight and come back.

‘Now she has come back looking stronger and that is a great success story.’

Pompey have been handed a big FA Cup incentive with a third round draw against Lewes.

That will be a home tie to look forward to, if they can beat Keynsham.

The Blues were unable to host the second round tie on Sunday because of the rain that left pitches in the area waterlogged.

They will be desperate for the weather to ease this week to allow the game to go ahead on Sunday (1pm).

If the Blues can get through to face Lewes in the next round, it would be the fourth time the teams have met this season.

Pompey lost the first two matches between the sides but bounced back in style in October with a 5-1 success.

First they must focus on seeing off Keynsham, though.