Pompey have been dealt a blow after two of their starlets walked out on the club.
Highly-regarded midfielder Florent Cuvelier and Spanish winger Pablo Navas Alors have both quit the Academy.
The father of Cuvelier, a Belgium under-18 international, had become disillusioned over Pompey's plight.
As a result, he has dragged the 17-year-old out of Fratton Park with two years left on his contract.
Seen as one of the brightest talents in the Blues' youth set-up, he twice featured for the reserves last month and his exit is widely seen as a massive loss.
Meanwhile, Alors was scheduled to be released at the end of the season.
Yet rather than wait for his contract to expire at the end of June, he also opted to walk away early.
The former Barcelona youngster made 12 reserve appearances during the past two seasons.
It's a response from both which has disappointed director of youth operations, Paul Smalley, who has seen protg Lenny Sowah burst into the first team recently.
He said: 'Florent is in dispute with the club at the moment and is currently back in Belgium. He's got two years left on his contract but I don't think we will see him back.
'It has not been instigated by the club, it has been instigated by the father. He is not happy with the club and decided to take Florent out.
'It's a shame. He was one of our good ones in terms of the intake last year and is a talented young player.
'As for Pablo, he was going to be released anyway and decided to leave early.
'That was entirely his decision also.'
Meanwhile, Pompey have offered professional contracts for next season to promising Academy players Perry Ryan, Peter Gregory, Ellis Martin and Billy Goddard.