Dan Smith has been handed his Pompey debut in tonight’s trip to Southend.
The home-grown talent has operated on loan at Bognor as a centre-forward this season, enjoying goal-scoring success.
But Kenny Jackett has opted to name the youngster at right-back, a role he also served at times during the Blues’ pre-season.
For the Checkatrade Trophy clash, Pompey have made 10 changes to the side which won 1-0 at Norwich in the FA Cup on Saturday.
Gareth Evans is the sole survivor, while goal-hero substitute Andre Green is in the starting line-up at Roots Hall.
Danny Rose had been expected to play, but with a move elsewhere close was omitted from the squad.
Pompey: Bass, Smith, Burgess, Casey, Haunstrup, Evans, May, Wheeler, Dennis, Green, Lethbridge.
Subs: Durin, Clarke, Lowe, Hancott, Maloney, Mnoga, Read.