Portsmouth v Peterborough early teams news: no fresh concerns for Blues | six-assist flying winger absent for Posh

Pompey are coming close to a clean bill of health heading into a hectic period.
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Michael Jacobs is currently the only player sidelined for the Blues, having suffered a knee injury at Sunderland in October.

However, the former Wigan forward is set to return to full training next week.

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Meanwhile, Kenny Jackett must decide whether to make changes to his starting XI for Saturday’s visit of Peterborough.

The Pompey boss restored Marcus Harness to a striker role and brought Ryan Williams back into the starting XI after his groin injury in the 1-0 loss at Blackpool on Tuesday.

But the Blues struggled for any attacking spark, which may persuade Jackett to tweak things.

Ellis Harrison is an option to start up front alongside John Marquis after coming off the bench against the Seasiders. Jordy Hiwula is another option for the home side.

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Meanwhile, Blues academy graduate Dan Butler will miss out on a return to Fratton Park.

Joe Ward of Peterborough United. Picture: Pete Norton/Getty ImagesJoe Ward of Peterborough United. Picture: Pete Norton/Getty Images
Joe Ward of Peterborough United. Picture: Pete Norton/Getty Images

The Isle of Wight left-back was absent for the Posh’s 2-1 loss to AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday night with a calf problem and is expected to miss their next three games.

However, former Pompey favourite Nathan Thompson did make his comeback from a hamstring complaint against the Wombles is likely to start.

Jonson Clarke-Harris also returned from an ankle knock to score his eighth goal of the season at Plough Lane.

Joe Ward (knee) has missed Peterborough’s past three games and won’t travel to Fratton Park. He’s registered six assists so far this term.

Youngster Ricky-Jade Jones is also a doubt.