Portsmouth await injury news on James Bolton following Scunthorpe setback

Pompey are assessing the extent of James Bolton’s injury.

Wednesday, 22nd January 2020, 6:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 22nd January 2020, 6:10 am

The right-back had to be replaced in the 49th minute of Tuesday night’s 2-1 victory over Scunthorpe which earned a Leasing.com Trophy semi-final spot.

Bolton, who had reported a thigh issue at the interval, was replaced by Christian Burgess at full-back for the remainder of the match.

The summer recruit will today be given a scan to uncover the full nature of the problem.

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Pompey are awaiting news on James Bolton's injury after he was forced off against Scunthorpe last night. Picture: Joe Pepler

And it already raises doubts over whether he will be available for Saturday’s FA Cup visit of Barnsley.

Assistant manager Joe Gallen said: ‘He complained at half-time of a problem with his thigh.

‘We are hopeful it’s not a muscle problem, an indication that it might not be is he didn't quite feel it doing anything dynamic, so it might be a dead leg or something else.

‘If it is a muscle injury, that isn’t good news, but we don’t know, we will find out.’

It’s tough luck for Bolton, who has been given a run at right-back following an uncertain start to his Fratton Park career.

Ross McCrorie, is a potential replacement, yet has still to return from Rangers following treatment of a hamstring injury.

Another alternative could be youngster Haji Mnoga, who lined up for the Blues at right-back at Walsall in the Leasing.com Trophy earlier this month.

Jackett this week admitted he was prepared to let the 17-year-old out on loan to the National League to gain first-team experience.

That could be put on hold, depending on the outcome of Bolton’s scan.