Portsmouth rocked by triple injury blow during embarrassing defeat to Sutton United

Pompey’s awful defeat to Sutton United was accompanied by injuries to a trio of players.

Tuesday, 12th October 2021, 11:00 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th October 2021, 11:06 pm
Paul Downing was one of three injuries picked up by Pompey in their Papa John's Trophy defeat to Sutton United. Picture: Jason Brown/ProSportsImages

Paul Downing, Ellis Harrison and Haji Mnoga all had to come off having taken knocks during tonight’s 2-0 defeat in the Papa John’s Trophy.

In the case of substitute Harrison, with Danny Cowley having already used his allocation from the bench, it meant the Blues had to see out the final 25 minutes with 10 men.

Downing was forced off shortly before half-time with a hamstring problem, while Harrison departed Fratton Park with his left leg in a protective boot following a challenge on his ankle.

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In addition, Mnoga, who was replaced at half-time by Shaun Williams, suffered a dead leg.

Cowley told The News: ‘Paul (Downing) just can’t get a run at the moment. He’s a good professional, he does everything properly, but his body just lets him down.

‘He’s getting recurring injuries and his body’s letting him down at the moment, I feel sorry for him.

‘With Ellis, it was a terrible tackle on him, their player has really left it on him. It’s a straight red for me.

‘I’ve had the opportunity to watch it back. I’ve got to be honest, I didn’t think it was (bad) live, so I have to be fair to the referee.

‘But when I watched it back in slow motion he went right over the ball and Ellis has been left with a swollen ankle.

‘It doesn’t look good, we will have a scan in the morning. It’s swollen, which means it’s angry, so we will have to see how it settles.’

In the case of Mnoga, the 19-year-old didn’t reappear after the interval having operated as a central midfielder.

However, Cowley was rather more optimistic over the Academy graduate, who is on loan at Bromley until January.

Pompey’s head coach added: ‘Haji picked up a dead leg, he had a difficult time in the game.

‘However, with that injury, I don’t see that as a problem going forward.’

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