Kenny Jackett reveals Andy Cannon pain as he faces second Portsmouth Wembley heartbreak

Kenny Jackett has revealed Andy Cannon’s disappointment as the midfielder faces up to the likelihood of Wembley heartbreak.

Thursday, 11th March 2021, 10:59 am
Updated Thursday, 11th March 2021, 11:03 am
Andy Cannon looks set to miss his second consecutive Wembley outing with Pompey through injury. Picture: Dennis Goodwin/ProSportsImages

Currently regarded as ‘sore’, the scan will identify the extent of any tear, with a grade one problem likely to mean at least two weeks on the sidelines.

At this stage, Jackett is remaining positive, describing Cannon as ‘doubtful’ for the Papa John’s Trophy final rather than ruling him out completely.

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Yet he looks set to miss Saturday’s encounter with Salford – having also been absent from the 2019 victory through injury.

Pompey’s boss said: ‘Andy Cannon is slightly sore this morning, it’s not too bad. He’ll go up to London and have a scan on his hamstring.

‘I would rate him as doubtful for Saturday, I’m just hopeful it’s not too bad.

‘It’s bad enough where we are scanning and will probably know the full extent by this evening.

‘It’s obviously sore enough for us to need to scan it.

‘I would rate him doubtful for Saturday and am hoping he’s not out too long, he’s been a good player for us this year.

‘Andy’s okay, he’s disappointed, we are hoping for good news in the next 24 hours as it settles down.

‘It does look doubtful, though.’

Cannon missed the 2019 Checkatrade Trophy final with a quad injury.

The problem restricted him to 102 minutes and two outings during the second half of the 2019-20, after signing in January 2019.

Meanwhile, Pompey are definitely without Callum Johnson (calf) and Alex Bass (broken leg) for the Wembley occasion.

The trio represent the Blues’ sole injury concerns ahead of the opportunity to retain the trophy they won in March 2019.

No club the competition’s 37 years have managed to keep the trophy, putting the Blues on the brink of creating history.

Jackett added: ‘Callum is 10 days away from playing through his calf problem.

‘It has been quite slow, it hasn’t gone fast at all, but our assessment is that it’s still a week to 10 days.

‘Alex Bass is also missing with his stress fracture.’

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