Danny Cowley gives concerning update on key Portsmouth midfielder's fitness for rest of season

Danny Cowley admitted he's unsure how he's going to manage Andy Cannon's fitness for the rest of the season.

Sunday, 18th April 2021, 5:00 pm

The Pompey midfielder is the latest of a long list of players struggling with injury with five crucial matches remaining.

Despite Ben Close being sidelined with a groin issue for the 1-0 loss at MK Dons on Saturday, Cannon could only take up a place on the bench.

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It meant Tottenham loanee Harvey White partnered Tom Naylor in central midfield.

Cannon was introduced in the 76th minute but couldn't play with his usual high-octane approach.

The former Rochdale man has been one of Pompey's standout players during the latest League One promotion push, scoring two goals in 45 appearances.

However, Cowley expressed concern whether Cannon can operate at the peak of his powers again this term.

Portsmouth FC manager Danny Cowley leads an angry Portsmouth FC midfielder Andy Cannon (14) away during the EFL Sky Bet League 1 match between Milton Keynes Dons and Portsmouth at stadium:mk, Milton Keynes, England on 17 April 2021. Picture: Dennis Goodwin

The Blues boss said: 'I bring Andy Cannon on who hasn't been able to train. Since we've been here, he's been really struggling with his back.

‘I played him at Wigan in the second half and he could hardly walk for two days afterwards.

‘Credit to him because he knows how short we are and keeps putting himself up for selection.

'We don't know (how Cannon's fitness is going to be managed). It is a unique situation for us because we are so short of bodies, incredibly short.

'He can't play again like he did on Saturday – he can't move. He's a dynamic, high-octane player and can't play like that again. He can't get around the pitch.

'I need to go away and maybe think what other options I could have used.’

Pompey currently have Ellis Harrison and Michael Jacobs (both knee) absent for the remainder of the season while Jordy Hiwula continues to struggle with an ankle setback.

Close and Lee Brown (hamstring) could return for tomorrow’s trip to Swindon.

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