Midfielder returns to Portsmouth’s line-up to face Southend 

Tom Naylor. Picture: Daniel Chesterton
Tom Naylor. Picture: Daniel Chesterton

Tom Naylor returns to Pompey's line-up to face Southend.  

The combative midfielder missed last Sunday’s 1-0 victory over Rochdale in the FA Cup second round with a groin injury.

He's recovered from that setback, however, and replaces Ben Close against the Shrimpers.

That’s the only change Kenny Jackett makes from the triumph at Spotland. 

Oli Hawkins continues to spearhead the Blues’ attack ahead of Brett Pitman, while Gareth Evans will again don the skipper’s armband.

Louis Dennis is given a spot on Pompey’s bench after his impressive performance against Arsenal under-21s in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday.

Pompey: MacGillivray, Nathan Thompson, Whatmough, Clarke, Brown, Naylor, Ben Thompson, Lowe, Evans, Curtis, Hawkins.

Bench: McGee, Burgess, Haunstrup, Close, Green, Dennis, Pitman.