Portsmouth boss left wondering if injured midfielder needed breather

Kenny Jackett has considered whether Dion Donohue should have been given a breather following his latest injury setback.Â

Thursday, 25th October 2018, 4:13 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th October 2018, 5:20 pm
Dion Donohue has been ruled out for up to four weeks with a hamstring injury. Picture: Joe Pepler

The midfielder has been ruled out for up to four weeks after picking up a hamstring injury in Pompey's 2-2 draw with Burton on Tuesday.

The Welshman inadvertently collided with team-mate Jack Whatmough in the 28th minute.

A scan showed he's torn his muscle and suffered internal bleeding around his glute. 

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Dion Donohue has been ruled out for up to four weeks with a hamstring injury. Picture: Joe Pepler

The clash against the Brewers represented Donohue's fourth game of the season, after returning from separate groin and hamstring complaints. 

Glandular fever also sidelined the 25-year-old earlier this campaign. 

Having made four successive starts within a 15-day period since his return, Jackett has been left wondering if Donohue's schedule was a factor behind his new injury. 

The Blues boss said: '˜I have considered whether we should have stepped him out.

'˜He played 60 minutes against Crawley, 60 minutes against Wimbledon, 90 minutes on Saturday against Fleetwood and then came off within 30 minutes on Tuesday.

'˜It's pretty tough, really, but it is something that has crossed my mind whether the consistent build-up hampered it.

'˜When you're breaking it down, you look at yourself and with the medical department whether we should have given him a breather somewhere.

'˜You assess him in training and he was okay.

'˜But those things do cross your mind and you never really know the answer, to be honest

'˜Sometimes you just don't know the answer until you're there.

'˜You can't just go back, put him as a substitute and that's it, but it does cross your mind as a manager.'

Because Donohue picked up his latest injury following a collision, Jackett isn't sure if giving the former Chesterfield man respite would have made a difference. 

'˜The other side of it is that it was more of a contact injury '“ then the games come when they come, and that's it,' added the Pompey manager.

'˜But it is something I have thought of.

'˜Sometimes you just don't know the answer until you're there.'