Ben Close delighted to see fellow Pompey midfielder return to fitnessÂ

Ben Close is relishing the prospect of playing alongside Danny Rose again next season.

Tuesday, 19th June 2018, 12:11 pm
Updated Tuesday, 19th June 2018, 4:57 pm
Danny Rose. Picture: Joe Pepler


The 30-year-old missed the second half of last term after suffering a broken leg in the 3-1 victory over Northampton on December 30.

However, Rose has made a full recovery from that setback and will report back for pre-season duty with the rest of Kenny Jackett's squad next Wednesday.

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And Close, who started alongside the former Cobblers midfielder on seven occasions last term, is delighted to see his former engine room partner return to fitness. 

The academy product said: '˜As everybody knows, maybe we would have done a little bit better last season if Danny had stayed fit. 

'˜To now have him available and ready for pre-season is good news.

'˜We complemented each other in midfield and I was gutted when he got injured.

'˜Every player realised he was a miss for us and in really good form during that period, it was a shame.

'˜But it's great to have him back.'