Burgess missing from Pompey outing

Christian Burgess misses today's friendly at Crawley.
Christian Burgess misses today's friendly at Crawley.
Ben Close, left, and Jack Whatmough celebrate Pompey's win at oldham last season/ Picture: Joe Pepler

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Christian Burgess was ruled out of today's final pre-season friendly at Crawley.

Pompey's central defender is sidelined with a knock collected in training this week, so Jack Whatmough replaced him at the Broadfield Stadium.

That was the only change to the team which lined-up against Bournemouth in last weekend's 2-1 defeat.

Carl Baker retained his spot in the centre of Kenny Jackett's midfield alongside Danny Rose, with Kal Naismith and Kyle Bennett out wide.

Pompey named nine substitutes, with out-of-favour duo Gary Roberts and Michael Smith again missing from the squad.

Pompey: McGee, Evans, Whatmough, Davies, Holmes-Dennis, Bennett, Baker, Rose, Naismith, Pitman, Chaplin.

Subs: Bass, Talbot, Main, Lalkovic, May, Lowe, Kabamba, Close, Haunstrup.