Pompey hope for defensive boost

Christian Burgess and Nathan Thompson could feature in Sunday's League One trip to Gillingham.

Wednesday, 4th October 2017, 1:22 pm
Updated Wednesday, 4th October 2017, 3:13 pm
Nathan Thompson is stretchered off on Saturday. Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey boss Kenny Jackett has revealed both men are in contention to deliver a boost to his injury-ravaged first team.

Thompson clashed heads with team-mate Drew Talbot in Saturday’s defeat to Oldham Athletic at Fratton Park.

He was stretchered off and taken to hospital but was released later that evening.

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Christian Burgess. Picture: Joe Pepler

Burgess, who is one game shy of 100 Pompey appearances, missed the Latics fixture with a calf injury.

However, Jackett has insisted it is not a recurrence of the problem he suffered during pre-season.

The Blues boss said: ‘Burgess has a calf injury but it’s not the one which made him miss Crawley in pre-season.

‘The assessment on Tuesday last week was 10 to 14 days, so I would think by the end of the week he may or may not be fit for Gillingham. If not Sunday then I think MK Dons.

Christian Burgess. Picture: Joe Pepler

‘With Nathan, generally there’s a seven-day rule with concussion that medical people won’t take the risk – and quite rightly so with head injuries.’