Kitson battling to make Scunthorpe return

Pompey striker Dave Kitson
Pompey striker Dave Kitson
Pompey's Brett Pitman celebrates after scoring his second goal in their 2-0 win at Oldham. Picture: Joe Pepler/Digital South

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Dave Kitson could yet feature in Pompey’s season finale at Scunthorpe.

The former Stoke striker has been sidelined for the past two matches with a rib injury.

He sustained the problem during the first half of the Fratton Park draw with Swansea, presenting Kanu with the chance of a few rare starts.

It has been a mixed first campaign for Kitson, who has scored eight goals in 37 appearances since joining in the August transfer window.

He was today set to be reassessed by Pompey’s medical staff with a view to playing tomorrow.

And he could well return at Glanford Park in some capacity if given the all-clear.

Steve Cotterill said: ‘We have still got a few knocks people have been playing on with for weeks now.

‘But they will be getting a well-earned rest after tomorrow.

‘As for Dave, he’s in today.He’s not in every day – it’s not one of those injuries that you can treat, it is just a rest injury.

‘We will see how he is today.’

Pompey will face a Scunthorpe side relegated from the Championship.

Alan Knill’s men were officially demoted last weekend following a 5-1 defeat against Nottingham Forest.

But their fate was decreed well before then.

Regardless, the Pompey boss is full of admiration for the Iron.

And he believes they can be proud of their achievements in the Championship over the past few years.

Cotterill added: ‘I like Scunthorpe. I like what they’ve done.

‘They go and get promoted and they stay in the Championship.

‘With clubs that have smaller crowds than anybody else, I always think they are very, very difficult to be managed.

‘I managed one in Cheltenham, whose crowds were always smaller than the opposition.

‘I think it’s tough on them that they’ve gone down because I’ve liked having Scunthorpe in the Championship.

‘They are a very well-run club.

‘In the past, I have spoken to the chairman Steve Wharton a couple of times very discreetly over a couple of players and I would imagine he would respect myself as none of it ever came out in any newspapers.

‘For sure, they will be one of those teams knocking around looking to get promoted next season.’