Kenny Jackett has revealed Conor Chaplin asked to be left out of today’s goalless draw at Doncaster.
The striker approached Pompey’s boss at the end of this week and insisted he was not in the ‘right frame of mind’ to feature in the Keepmoat Stadium fixture.
As a consequence, Chaplin remained on the south coast and this morning trained with Adam May and Danny Rose.
The 21-year-old has become frustrated at the failure to secure a move away from Fratton Park this summer, with Coventry and Barnsley long-time admirers.
Since then he has played just 24 minutes of first-team football during the campaign.
And, ahead of Friday’s loan deadline, he has asked to be removed from the Pompey reckoning.
Jackett said: ‘In his own words, Conor didn’t feel that this weekend he was in the right frame of mind.
‘Possibly that was thinking of his team-mates.
‘I have some sympathy with his situation, but similarly there is no change going into the last week.
‘If we find a replacement then fine, we’ll contact the clubs that have made enquiries. If we don’t get a replacement nothing's going to change.
‘All players, not just Conor, make their own decisions on what they do and as a manager you react off that.
‘I understand that he is frustrated and he’s very much a team player who would want to be able to give everything for the lads and focus 100 per cent with the players that are there.
‘I can only reiterate there is going to be no change in stance in the last week.
‘If we can bring another forward in that we think helps us then fine. If we don’t, nothing will change.’