Thursday’s Pompey headlines – at a glance

Jayden Stockley is ruled out of Pompey's trip to Cambridge United    Picture: Joe Pepler
Jayden Stockley is ruled out of Pompey's trip to Cambridge United Picture: Joe Pepler
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Find out what’s been happening at Pompey with The News’ headlines from Fratton Park.

In today’s News, Jayden Stockley is ruled out of Pompey’s trip to Cambridge United.

The striker has spent the week receiving treatment at parent club AFC Bournemouth after injuring his ankle during the goalless draw with Yeovil Town.

With Adam McGurk still missing with his ankle injury, it leaves Matt Tubbs and Conor Chaplin as the Blues’ strike options at the Abbey Stadium.

Manager Paul Cook shares his thoughts ahead of Saturday’s League Two encounter at the U’s.

The visitors are keen to maintain their unbeaten league record on the road.

After the disappointment of Stockley’s impending absence, there is a triple dose of positive news for the Blues boss on the injury front.

Winger Kal Naismith declares himself ready and willing to help Pompey find a way through stubborn defences.

The Scot is raring to be let off the leash after recovering from the thigh injury which wrecked the early part of his campaign.

Goalkeeper Brian Murphy returns to Pompey training following a groin injury.

But first-team coach Ian Foster does not believe the stopper is ready to be considered for match-day duty.

Perhaps most importantly of all, though, creative midfielder Gary Roberts is convinced he is over his ankle-ligament woes to be able to help inspire Pompey to victory at Cambridge United.

On the Academy front, coach Mikey Harris praises the performances of Pompey’s youngsters in Tuesday’s behind-closed-doors friendly win over Reading.

The Blues impressed in a 3-1 victory over the Royals’ under-21s side, with youth-team graduates Conor Chaplin – who netted a double – and Chad Field on the scoresheet.

Six of the current crop of second-year scholars were involved in the action, with goalkeeper Alex Bass particularly impressive.

Behind the scenes at Fratton Park, Pompey Supporters’ Trust are seeking to create a golden share in a bid to safeguard the future of the club.

Mark Trapani spoke at last night’s Trust AGM in the Victory Lounge at Fratton Park, over the desire to ensure the club never again falls into the wrong hands

Finally, the ‘world-class manager of Pompey’ applied to become the new boss of Liverpool.

But before Blues fans fear for Paul Cook’s future, it was a cheeky gamer who tried to beat Jurgen Klopp to the Anfield post.