Jackett: Pompey doorÂ open for Oxlade-Chamberlain
CHRISTIAN OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN could still have a Pompey future.
That is the verdict of Kenny Jackett, who continues to hold the door ajar for the 20-year-old talent.
Oxlade-Chamberlain is currently out of contract following two years as a professional.
His sole first-team outing arrived in September 2015, appearing as a substitute in a 2-0 Johnstone's Paint Trophy defeat at Exeter.
However, the versatile performer's recent progress has been checked by the broken leg sustained during a shooting session in April.
Oxlade-Chamberlain is still another three weeks from a training return, while didn't travel with the squad to Ireland as he continues rehabilitation at home.
But Jackett is monitoring his fitness progress - with one eye on offered a new deal.
Pompey's boss said: '˜Christian is still at the club rehabilitating, he will be three weeks off running and we will see how far that extends.
'˜It's important how he looks when he gets back, but we also need to give him enough time.
'˜It was quite a serious injury and he needs time to rehabilitate, get back and then show his best.
'˜There is still an opportunity for a new deal - and he has every chance.
'˜We'll see him back in training first, we'll assess him, he's three weeks off running so it's not like things are going to suddenly change quickly within a month.'
Oxlade-Chamberlain has already missed the tour to Ireland, which consisted of Monday night's match at Cork City.
Jackett utilised 22 members of his playing squad in that 4-1 victory, with goals from Christian Burgess, Jamal Lowe and Conor Chaplin (two).
Among them were first-year professionals Matt Casey and Dan Smith, along with academy youngsters Freddie Reid and Joe Dandy.
Unfortunately, the opportunity was not there for Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has played in previous Pompey pre-seasons.
When he returns, Jackett has earmarked the academy product for a loan spell in non-league to aid his development.
Firstly, however, the Blues boss wants to assess his injury recovery.
He added: '˜He will need to come back training for at least a month.
'˜With the non-league deadline longer, maybe he can go out and play some games as well.
'˜Then, at the right time, hopefully play some reserve games for us.'
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