Portsmouth boss allays Jack Whatmough injury fears after knock in Brighton defeat

Kenny Jackett has allayed injury fears over Jack Whatmough.

Thursday, 17th September 2020, 10:29 pm
Pompey's Jack Whatmough and Portsmouth's Craig MacGillivray are dejected after another Brighton goal in the 4-0 Carabao Cup defeat. Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey's Jack Whatmough and Portsmouth's Craig MacGillivray are dejected after another Brighton goal in the 4-0 Carabao Cup defeat. Picture: Joe Pepler

However, Whatmough was substituted in the 71st minute after left limping when he successfully won a tackle.

Encouragingly, it was the right knee the 24-year-old was left rubbing, rather than the left which has suffered three serious injuries.

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Regardless, he made way for Paul Downing - and Jackett insists the decision was precautionary.

Pompey’s boss said: ‘Jack’s fine, he had a dead leg, he was in the process of running it off, but it was the right thing to take him off.

‘He’s fine and will be in training tomorrow.

‘When I saw him get a knock I didn’t want that to progress into something.

‘It was a little bit of a precaution with Jack, but no injury to speak of.’

The Amex Stadium fixture represented Whatmough’s third successive start after dislodging Downing from the side.

He appeared against Colchester in the EFL Trophy and Shrewsbury in last weekend’s League One opener, helping the Blues keep clean sheets in both.

Whatmough put in another man-of-the-match display against Brighton, despite the hugely disappointing scoreline.

Pompey are next in action on Sunday, when they travel to Rochdale for League One action.

Downing will be on stand-by once more if Whatmough is ruled out, although Jackett is confident the defender will be able to be called upon.

Whatmough has played 101 times for the Blues since emerging through the ranks, scoring once.