Pompey striker hit by injury

Patrick Agyemang is injured. Picture: Joe Pepler
Patrick Agyemang is injured. Picture: Joe Pepler
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PATRICK AGYEMANG is a concern for the big kick-off this weekend.

But Pompey are set to be boosted by the return of Ryan Taylor and Ricky Holmes for the League Two curtain-raiser against Exeter.

Agyemang missed out on the 2-1 friendly defeat against Charlton on Saturday with a hamstring injury.

Andy Awford explained he is waiting to see the extent of the problem.

He said: ‘Pat’s pulled up with his hamstring on Friday in an 11 v 11.

‘It was in preparation for Saturday’s game and I was working with the 11 who started.

‘Pat wasn’t in that, he was in the other team.

‘But he chased a ball over the top and pulled up with his hamstring.

‘We can’t assess it yet, so we will wait to do that.

‘We will do that today and see how he is.’

Taylor (groin) and Holmes (thigh) both missed Saturday’s match.

But the pair should hopefully be ready to make their return against Exeter.

Awford is confident they will both be in back in contention this week.

But the Blues manager explained he is prepared to exercise caution with the duo if necessary, to make sure they are not out for the long term.

He said: ‘Tayls will definitely train this week.

‘Tayls will be out there and will be available on Saturday.

‘And hopefully it will be the same with Ricky.

‘Ricky’s thigh is giving him some gyp, so we’ll keep an eye on that.

‘If he’s not right, he’s not right.

‘It’s about the whole season and not just next weekend.

‘I’d hate for anyone to play with a niggle and then be out for eight to 10 weeks.

‘It’s pointless and we have a big enough squad to cope. I won’t put anyone at risk.’