Jackett offers hope to Portsmouth's fringe players
Kenny JackettÂ insistsÂ players on the Pompey periphery can win a first-team spot by impressing for the reserves tonight.
The Blues face Oxford United at Baffin Milton Rovers' PMC StadiumÂ (7pm).
The likes of Danny Rose, Louis Dennis and Luke McGeeÂ are expected to feature for Pompey.Â
Those involved will be hoping toÂ lay down a claim for a starting placeÂ ahead of the Blues' trip to Rochdale on Saturday.
And theÂ boss is adamant fringe players can force their way into his plans if they catch theÂ eye.Â
Jackett said: '˜They definitely can (winning a starting spot).
'˜Number one is the observation ofÂ first-team games.
'˜But training and reserve games are always a good source of seeing what type of competition you currently have for the players whoÂ have the first-team shirt.'Â
Jack Whatmough (hamstring) and Anton WalkesÂ (groin) couldÂ be handed outings for the reserves against Oxford following theirÂ return from injury.