Christian Burgess has handed Pompey a fitness boost.
The central defender today returned to training following a slight calf problem.
The issue kept him out of the weekend friendly at Crawley, with Jack Whatmough replacing him in the Blues’ 2-1 win.
Yet Burgess safely came through a full training session this morning, putting himself in the frame for the League One opener against Rochdale.
Meanwhile, Matt Clarke is not expected back before September.
Boss Kenny Jackett said: ‘Christian was yesterday back in full training and we are optimistic.
‘If it was a league game he may have played last weekend, but hopefully he has no more problems – he certainly didn’t yesterday morning.
‘We hope that will continue throughout the week and he is available on Saturday.
‘Although if Clarke does anything in August in terms of training I would be surprised.
‘For Matt, August is going to be unrealistic, it is quite a severe injury.
‘It was a groin injury and we did think 6-8 weeks out. I will be surprised if he plays before September – and he will need some training as well.’
Should Burgess suffer no set-backs, he is likely to start alongside Tom Davies in the centre of Pompey’s defence on Saturday.
Burgess has made 88 appearances and scored six times during his time on the south coast.