Anton Walkes axed from Portsmouth squad after court absence

Anton Walkes has been dropped from Pompey's squad tonight
Anton Walkes has been dropped from Pompey's squad tonight
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Anton Walkes has been dropped from Pompey’s squad after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

The right-back has been charged with driving while disqualified outside Fratton Park on October 20 – and for having no insurance.

However, he failed to appear at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court this morning to answer the charges.

Walkes had been expected to sit on the Blues’ bench for tonight’s visit of Walsall.

Instead his place has been taken by Andre Green in the only change to the match-day 18 on duty at Scunthorpe last weekend.

Joint-top scorers Gareth Evans and Jamal Lowe have recovered from knocks sustained in the 2-1 victory to retain their places in an unchanged starting XI.

Pompey: MacGillivray, Nathan Thompson, Whatmough, Clarke, Brown, Naylor, Ben Thompson, Lowe, Evans, Curtis, Hawkins.

Subs: McGee, Burgess, Pitman, Wheeler, Close, Green, Haunstrup.