Portsmouth captain Tom Naylor rated 50-50 for south-coast derby against Southampton

Pompey captain Tom Naylor is rated 50-50 to feature against Southampton in the Carabao Cup.

Monday, 23rd September 2019, 2:21 pm
Pompey captain Tom Naylor
Pompey captain Tom Naylor

According to manager Kenny Jackett, the midfielder is struggling to play in the south-coast derby because of ‘a couple of knocks’.

The Blues now have a nervous wait over the former Burton man's fitness, with a decision to be made on Tuesday morning.

Naylor has played in 10 of Pompey’s 11 games this season.

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Pompey captain Tom Naylor

He played in the centre of defence against QPR, Blackpool and Burton but returned to the Blues’ midfield for Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Wycombe.

Naylor could therefore join Ellis Harrison in sitting out the first Pompey v Southampton derby since 2012.

The striker was sent off at Adams Park on Saturday and will now serve a one-match ban.

Jackett confirmed: ‘Tom Naylor has a couple of knocks.

‘He’s about 50-50 and we’ll see tomorrow morning.

‘After that, we’re selecting from the same squad.’