Pompey boss weighs up Painter recall

Marcos Painter, right, limps off against Mansfield Picture: Joe Pepler
Marcos Painter, right, limps off against Mansfield Picture: Joe Pepler
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Guy Whittingham admitted he is ‘cautious’ about throwing in Marcos Painter against Burton.

The left-back has trained all week having recovered from the hamstring injury which has kept him out of Pompey’s past three matches.

Tom Craddock is also in the frame following a knee complaint, although Ashley Harris has moved on loan to the Hawks for the month.

Yet it is the issue of Painter that Whittingham has a quandary with as he mulls over his side for tomorrow. And he must decide whether to start him or current left-back occupant Danny East at the Pirelli Stadium.

He said: ‘Having only had a week’s training, in an ideal world you want Marcos back in training for a couple of weeks, so we are cautious.

‘We realise what he gives to the team, we know that, that is why we got him here.

‘At Cheltenham, Jermaine McGlashan’s quick and – it sounds stupid saying it because his man scored two goals – I thought Danny East defended fairly well.

‘You look at the opposition and see how they play and Danny was there because we know he is a fairly quick defender – this weekend is a different person so we have to weigh that up.

‘But with Marcos we have to make sure he has had enough training and everything is fine.’