Pompey triallist seeks to impress against Bognor

Amine Linganzi will be presented with another chance to impress during tonight's trip to Bognor (7.15pm).

Wednesday, 27th July 2016, 9:30 am
Amine Linganzi Picture: Joe Pepler

The triallist midfielder is currently in his second week with the Blues as he attempts to win a deal.

He was handed 38 minutes from the bench in Saturday’s 3-3 draw with Bournemouth, marking his first outing for Paul Cook’s men.

Tonight will offer another opportunity for the former Gillingham player, who has been troubled by injuries in the past.

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The 26-year-old is known to Leam Richardson, who was his Accrington Stanley manager during a previous spell at the Crown Ground.

Linganzi later spent almost two seasons with Gillingham, making 28 appearances and scoring once.

Pompey are searching for a midfielder capable of playing a holding role to provide competition to Danny Rose and Michael Doyle, with the recuperating Danny Hollands also under consideration.

Linganzi fits that bill and remains at Fratton Park trying to impress.

Cook said: ‘Linganzi is still here and I am sure will play at Bognor.

‘The longer a triallist is here, probably the more chance you have got being kept on.’

Kyle Bennett is once again a doubt as he recovers from an ankle injury collected against Bohemians.

He returned at Salisbury last week, although reported discomfort and has been pulled out of subsequent match action as a result.

Along with Conor Chaplin, they pair were the only unused substitutes against Bournemouth at the weekend as Cook fielded a total of 22 members of his squad.

However, Chaplin has no injury concerns and can be expected to feature tonight at Nyewood Lane in some capacity, having already scored three times in pre-season.

Although, Cook believes Brandon Haunstrup could be absent for up to eight weeks having dislocated his left collarbone on Saturday.

He added: ‘Kyle Bennett has a minor knock on his ankle, while Conor never got on the pitch on Saturday purely because of the amount of subs that got on.

‘That’s not a problem, though, and he will get more minutes quicker than most.

‘All of a sudden Brandon Haunstrup has dislocated his collarbone and is out for six-to-eight weeks so we maybe need to look at left-back cover.

‘That will be all to do with money and budgets and what we can afford.’