Instant Pompey recall for Thompson

Nathan Thompson returns for Pompey against Oxford United today.
Nathan Thompson returns for Pompey against Oxford United today.
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Nathan Thompson has earned an instant recall to Pompey's side for the clash with Oxford United.

The versatile performer has missed the Blues' last four matches following a sending off at Southend, his second of the season.

However, he is eligible to feature against the U's in today's televised clash - and Kenny Jackett has put him straight into his side.

Thompson comes into a midfield slot, with Dion Donohue dropping back into his left-back role.

That means Brandon Haunstrup moves to the bench for the only change to the team which won at Oldham last weekend.

Elsewhere, fit-again Gareth Evans takes his place among the substitutes following four matches sidelined with a hamstring problem.

Meanwhile, Jackett is not present for the game following a family health issue.

Instead assistant boss Joe Gallen instead leads the team this afternoon.

Pompey: McGee, Walkes, Whatmough, Clarke, Donohue, Thompson, Lowe, Close, Ronan, Naismith, Pitman.

Subs: Bass, Burgess, Kennedy, Chaplin, Evans, May, Haunstrup.