POMPEY are assessing the extent of Adam Buxton’s injuries after receiving a battering at the hands of Southend.
During a physical encounter, the right-back was forced off in the 65th minute of Monday’s Premier League Cup qualifier.
After initially collecting an injury to his left calf, he was then caught late by Nico Cotton following a clearance.
Cotton was booked, while Buxton left the pitch with a golf ball-shaped bruise to his right ankle.
It is a massive blow to the eve-of-season recruit from Accrington Stanley.
Ian Foster has revealed the right-back has put in extra time to improve his fitness with the Blues.
Now he could face a spell on the sidelines.
First-team coach Foster said: ‘The lad has clattered into Adam and caught him on the calf in the first instance, then the second one is a bit naughty.
‘Their player was never getting the ball, he struck the inside of Adam’s foot which has rolled his ankle on the outside.
‘It’s very, very swollen and sore, we will have to assess him over the next couple of days to see whether that settles down.
‘I am more disappointed that Adam didn’t get 90 minutes, we were desperate to get a full game into him.
‘He has missed a lot of pre-season with Accrington through injury, but he’s been working really hard.
‘I’ve had him running on Southsea Common at 5.30am, the kid doesn’t shy away, he has been doing extra training, training with the coaching staff in the afternoon, doing extra running sessions, boxing and is doing everything he can to get ready.
‘It’s just unfortunate on Monday he has missed out on 25 minutes of football – and picked up an injury.’
Buxton’s sole first-team action for Pompey arrived in the EFL Cup defeat at Coventry City.
He featured for 77 minutes as Paul Cook’s side were eliminated 3-2 by the League One club after extra-time.
In Monday’s reserve action, he impressed with his raids down the right as Pompey won 2-1.
Foster added: ‘Adam was fabulous in the first-half, his distribution was great, his energy levels fantastic, defensively superb.
‘I said to him at half-time that he would improve any team in League Two, we just have to get him fit.
‘Unfortunately he has missed out of 25 minutes of football because of a couple of naughty challenges.’