Defender hands Pompey injury boost

Nathan Thompson returned to training wwith Pompey today
Nathan Thompson returned to training wwith Pompey today
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Nathan Thompson has handed Pompey an injury boost after returning to training.

Tareiq Holmes-Dennis is the latest early-season casualty, after joining Milan Lalkovic and Matt Clarke on the sidelines.

His fitness times are pretty good, so we have to gauge where he is physically and about him working with the football

Kenny Jackett

However, Thompson today trained with the squad for the first time since collecting a foot injury.

The former Swindon man sustained the problem on the second day of pre-season training, ruling him out of the entire friendly schedule.

Now available again, it remains to be seen when Kenny Jackett opts to throw him into match action.

Yet for Pompey, the defender’s return eases the club’s ongoing injury problems.

The Blues boss said: ‘Thompson trained this morning with the group and it’s just how long we give him.

‘It was his first time back and his injury is fine.

‘Nathan has done a hell of a lot of running work in the last 10 days, so today represented his first football session – and the signs are good for him.

‘His fitness times are pretty good, so we have to gauge where he is physically and about him working with the football.

‘The bigger picture is for me to decide when to put him in, particularly when he hasn’t played pre-season matches.

‘A pre-season hardens your body – which is a good thing – and makes you sustainable against injuries. If the whole squad is fitter and more durable then you will get less injuries, that’s a fact.’