Portsmouth receive Ronan Curtis boost in bid to resolve striker headache

Ronan Curtis will be back to alleviate Pompey’s striker woes.

Tuesday, 30th March 2021, 11:30 am
Ronan Curtis will be back from international duty in time to spearhead Pompey's attack against Rochdale. Picture: Joe Pepler

The 25-year-old has been absent for more than a week on Republic of Ireland duty, albeit enduring a frustrating lack of game time.

However, he is scheduled to return to England straight after tonight’s friendly against Qatar in Hungary (7.45pm kick off).

That will enable him to be back at the Blues’ Copnor Road training base for a recovery session on Wednesday morning.

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In turn, he will train with his team-mates on Thursday ahead of the Good Friday visit of struggling Rochdale to Fratton Park.

It is understood no self-isolation is required for Curtis and his Republic of Ireland playing colleagues when coming back into England from Hungary.

Athletes across a number of sports presently follow a stringent testing programme, involving frequent – and reliable – testing for coronavirus.

As a result, Premier League sides can return from European fixtures and resume their league schedule days later.

In terms of Pompey as it stands, 19-year-old Alfie Stanley is the sole centre-forward available to Danny Cowley for the next three matches against Rochdale, Wigan and Burton.

Although the bulk of Curtis’ 132 appearances have arrived on the left wing, on occasions he has operated in a central striking role.

Most recently he served there in the 1-0 defeat at Peterborough, while on his Blues bow, in August 2018, he partnered Brett Pitman in attack against Luton in a 1-0 success.

Pompey’s striking pool is otherwise bare, with Harrison ruled out for the season, Hiwula out for up to six weeks with an ankle injury, and Marquis suspended for three games.

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