Portsmouth defender: Any injury critics can judge me in May   

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JACK WHATMOUGH has told any injury critics to judge him at the end of the season. 

The Gosport defender has had his fair share of setbacks during his career, hampering his promising Pompey progress. 

Jack Whatmough. Picture: Daniel Chesterton

Jack Whatmough. Picture: Daniel Chesterton

Last campaign, Whatmough was absent for six months after undergoing knee surgery.

During that period, some members of the Fratton faithful suggested he was injury prone.

The 22-year-old has firmly established himself in Pompey’s starting line-up this season, however. 

Whatmough has made 16 appearances in all competitions for the League One leaders. 

He’s dislodged Christian Burgess from Kenny Jackett’s side and formed a superb central-defensive partnership with Matt Clarke.

Whatmough has suffered a short stint on the treatment table this term, missing four games in September because of a hamstring complaint. 

But apart from that he’s been in rude health and told his doubters to make up their mind on his fitness record come May.

Whatmough said: ‘I feel good. Everyone seems to say it all the time but I’ve played 16 games now.

‘I don’t think there is much point in talking about injuries as I am feeling good.

‘I know that I feel good within myself and I’ll keep taking things game by game.

‘We’ll see at the end of the season – they (critics) can make their minds up at the end of the season.’

Whatmough is set to start at Rochdale in the FA Cup second round on Sunday.