Burgess back but same again for Portsmouth

Christian Burgess returns to Pompey's squad for today's visit of Gillingham. Picture: Joe Pepler
Christian Burgess returns to Pompey's squad for today's visit of Gillingham. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Christian Burgess has returned to Pompey’s squad – but Kenny Jackett sticks to his winning formula.

The central defender was left out of the match-day 18 at Coventry in the week, with Anton Walkes taking his place on the bench.

However, he has come in for Brandon Haunstrup among the substitutes for this afternoon’s wet clash with Gillingham.

Yet, in terms of the starting XI, it’s same again for the Blues as they chase 12 matches unbeaten.

Brett Pitman leads the line, while joint-top scorers Ronan Curtis and Jamal Lowe feature in the attacking three with Gareth Evans.

Nathan Thompson is again at right-back, although one booking away from a one-match suspension.

Pompey: MacGillivray, Nathan Thompson, Whatmough, Clarke, Brown, Naylor, Close, Lowe, Evans, Curtis, Pitman.

Subs: McGee, Ben Thompson, Mason, Wheeler, Walkes, Burgess, Hawkins.