Portsmouth boss Danny Cowley gives update on Sean Raggett injury following clash of heads with Wigan's Callum Lang

Sean Raggett has suffered a suspected fractured cheekbone following his collision with Wigan front man Callum Lang.

Monday, 5th April 2021, 6:03 pm
Updated Monday, 5th April 2021, 6:12 pm
Pompey defender Sean Raggett is helped off the pitch following a clash of heads with Wigan forward Callum Lang. Picture: Daniel Chesterton/phcimages.com

The Blues defender was immediately substituted for Rasmus Nicolaisen following the incident on 80 minutes at the DW Stadium.

Raggett went to head the ball clear as Pompey defended their slender 1-0 lead against the Latics.

However, in doing so, he also connected with the head of Lang, who also had to be replaced following on-the-pitch treatment.

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Speaking at the final whistle, head coach Danny Cowley admitted the injury Raggett picked up looked ‘serious’.

But he didn’t want to comment further on the extent of the problem until the injury was looked at further.

Speaking to BBC Radio Solent, Cowley said: ‘It’s a cheek injury – it looks serious, unfortunately.

‘There’s a lot of swelling at the moment, and I don’t want to say too much, but it looks like a fractured cheekbone possibly.

‘So that’s a real worry for us, and we know Sean, he’s as tough as they come.

‘But it’s a nasty injury and credit to Rasmus and to James Bolton when they came on because I thought that in those last 10 minutes when we were trying to see the game out, they were able to defend our box pretty well.

'As a consequence, we kept a clean sheet and Craig (MacGillivray) probably hasn’t had too much to do.’

Cowley added that it would be a blow to have someone of Raggett’s importance missing for any length of time.

But he insisted it was part of football and a solution would be found, if needed.

‘You don’t want to lose any of your key players,’ said Cowley.

‘We’ve already lost a number in the number-nine position, so it’s not ideal.

‘But ultimately, these things happen in football and we try to be a no-excuse mentality so what we will have to do is find a way.’

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