Portsmouth transfer news: John Mousinho makes January left-back call with defender out for 6-8 weeks

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John Mousinho has ruled out signing a new left-back in the January transfer window.

The Pompey head coach insisted there was no need to change any aspect of their current recruitment plans as a result of the ankle injury picked up by Connor Ogilvie at Cambridge United on Tuesday night.

The defender, who was making his first Blues start since picking up a groin complaint against Barnsley last month, is expected to be out for 6-8 weeks.

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It’s another injury blow for the table-toppers as they look to maintain their presence at League One’s summit. Mousinho is already without Marlon Pack, Tom Lowery and Anthony Scully and has struggled to report a clean bill of health among this troops since the season began.

Fortunately, Pompey have Jack Sparkes to step straight in and fill the void left by Ogilvie – something that he did with aplomb during the six games his team-mate sat out before his recall.

Indeed, Sparkes’ omission against the U’s was considered harsh by many, who have been impressed with the 23-year-old following his free transfer move from Exeter in the summer.

Mousinho, however, is among that growing list of admirers – and that, along with Ogilvie’s expected time on the sidelines, explains why he feels there’s no need to seek another player for the left-back berth come January.

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When asked by The News whether Ogilvie’s injury would require strengthening in this area, the Blues head coach replied: ‘No, I think by that time Connor will be back, so we’ll be fine.

Pompey head coach John MousinhoPompey head coach John Mousinho
Pompey head coach John Mousinho

‘That’s the whole point of having the two left-backs that we have, it’s not necessarily so that if one of those is injured we have to bring someone else in.

‘We’re well stocked in the full-back areas, so that’s not something we’ll be looking to strengthen.’

If needs be, Pompey can also call upon Denver Hume and Liam Vincent – two players who have yet to feature for the Blues this season, with the latter currently on loan at non-league Worthing.

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Yet he remains relaxed with Sparkes’ capabilities – as demonstrated with his 18 appearances in all competitions this season.

Mousinho added: ‘It’s not the end of the world, in terms of Jack being the only left-back available.

‘Jack did that for the last 4-5 weeks after the Barnsley game was well. You never know what’s happening with injuries and it’s an extra added bonus that we’ve got Denver in the building.’