Pompey newcomer handed start against Chelsea

Connor Ronan has been given his Pompey debut for tonight's clash with Chelsea under-21s.

Tuesday, 9th January 2018, 7:18 pm
Updated Tuesday, 9th January 2018, 7:24 pm
Connor Ronan makes his Pompey debut tonight.

The loan arrival from Wolves will operate behind lone striker Oli Hawkins in the Checkatrade Trophy encounter at Fratton Park.

Fellow loanee Sylvain Deslandes is named among a subs bench which includes fit-again Kal Naismith.

Ronan is the only change to the side which lost at Bristol Rovers, coming in for top scorer Brett Pitman.

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Right-back Nathan Thompson has instead been handed the captain's armband for the first time since joining the club.

Meanwhile, Chelsea name a young line up, with ex-Exeter defender Ethan Ampadu and former Real Betis loanee Charly Musonda among the more notable inclusions.

Pompey: McGee, Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, Donohue, May, Close, Lowe, Ronan, Kennedy, Hawkins.

Subs; Bass, Pitman, Chaplin, Naismith, Bennett, Deslandes, Widdrington.