Pompey boss: Conor Chaplin asked not to play

Kenny Jackett has revealed Conor Chaplin asked to be left out of today's goalless draw at Doncaster.

Saturday, 25th August 2018, 7:11 pm
Updated Monday, 3rd September 2018, 12:17 pm
Conor Chaplin asked not to be considered for Pompey duty at Doncaster. Picture: Joe Pepler.

The striker approached Pompey's boss at the end of this week and insisted he was not in the '˜right frame of mind' to feature in the Keepmoat Stadium fixture.

As a consequence, Chaplin remained on the south coast and this morning trained with Adam May and Danny Rose.

The 21-year-old has become frustrated at the failure to secure a move away from Fratton Park this summer, with Coventry and Barnsley long-time admirers.

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Since then he has played just 24 minutes of first-team football during the campaign.

And, ahead of Friday's loan deadline, he has asked to be removed from the Pompey reckoning.

Jackett said: '˜In his own words, Conor didn't feel that this weekend he was in the right frame of mind.

'˜Possibly that was thinking of his team-mates.

'˜I have some sympathy with his situation, but similarly there is no change going into the last week.

'˜If we find a replacement then fine, we'll contact the clubs that have made enquiries. If we don't get a replacement nothing's going to change.

'˜All players, not just Conor, make their own decisions on what they do and as a manager you react off that.

'˜I understand that he is frustrated and he's very much a team player who would want to be able to give everything for the lads and focus 100 per cent with the players that are there.

'˜I can only reiterate there is going to be no change in stance in the last week.

'˜If we can bring another forward in that we think helps us then fine. If we don't, nothing will change.'