Portsmouth boss Kenny Jackett mulls over Ross McCrorie outing at Bognor

Kenny Jackett is weighing up unleashing Ross McCrorie on the Rocks.

Tuesday, 16th July 2019, 6:30 am
Updated Tuesday, 16th July 2019, 10:22 am

But fellow absentee from Saturday’s victory over the Hawks, Jamal Lowe, is not expected to feature.

A Pompey XI is on duty at Nyewood Lane tonight (7.45pm), a line-up traditionally consisting of fringe players and youngsters.

Rangers loanee McCrorie didn’t feature in the 2-1 win over the Hawks after granted permission to return to Glasgow ahead of relocating to the south coast.

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Ross McCrorie heads the ball clear during his first-half outing against UCD. Picture: Arnold Byrne

Similarly, Lowe was also given time away as he nears resolving a switch to Wigan.

Jackett must decide whether McCrorie requires match action against Bognor, having featured for just 45 minutes during pre-season so far.

Although Lowe’s ongoing situation means he will not be considered for Pompey XI duty this evening.

Those who will appear for Jake Wigley’s Pompey XI side, though, are Alex Bass, Matt Casey, Christian Burgess, Bryn Morris, Brandon Haunstrup and Joe Hancott.

Meanwhile, Ryan Williams and Oli Hawkins are not in the frame as they continue their injury recovery.

Saturday’s trip to Stevenage appears a more realistic comeback for the duo, who have both collected injury in pre-season.

James Bolton (groin) and Jack Whatmough (knee) are also sidelined for the customary summer friendly at the Rocks.

Jack Pearce’s side will include Freddie Read and Dan Smith, who both featured in Pompey’s Checkatrade Trophy programme last season.

Released by the Blues in the summer, the pair have become permanent presences at Nyewood Lane following successful loan spells last term.