Cotts encouraged by Webber’s return

Danny Webber tasted more action at Cardiff on Saturday
Danny Webber tasted more action at Cardiff on Saturday
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Steve Cotterill heaped praise on Danny Webber’s form as the forward continues his comeback.

Webber got his latest outing under his belt at Cardiff on Saturday to step up his return from injury.

The 29-year-old appeared for 26 minutes in the weekend loss at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Webber’s cameo was one of the few bright moments in an otherwise bleak day for the Blues.

The striker has shown steady form after more than a year on the sidelines with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament.

The former Manchester United trainee made late appearances against Reading and Preston.

He then followed that up with his first start in more than a year against Coventry last week.

Webber is one of a host of Pompey players whose contracts come to a close in the summer.

Cotterill has indicated he wants to have a close look at him over the season’s finale before deciding the way forward.

But the Blues boss is encouraged by what he has seen from the hitman so far.

Cotterill said: ‘It was good to see Danny come on at Cardiff and do quite well.

‘He managed to come on and sniff out a couple of chances.

‘He had some good well-timed runs as well, which was encouraging.

‘You can see him getting closer and closer now to where he wants to be.

‘He’s had a few minutes and started the game against Coventry.

‘I could see him getting a goal the way he was playing when he came on at Cardiff.

‘I’m quite pleased to see how Danny’s coming on.’