Portsmouth's Jordy Hiwula ruled out of League One season - but there's still hope
Jordy Hiwula has been ruled out of Pompey’s League One season.
Although the striker could yet make the play-offs, should qualification be achieved.
The former Coventry man has been sidelined with an ankle injury following his outing against Ipswich.
That represented Hiwula’s maiden League One start for Pompey – and, ultimately, has come at a cost to the player.
Yet in the case of Hiwula, Cowley is optimistic he could still feature should the Blues make the League One play-offs.
He told The News: ‘With regards to Jordy, he has just come out of the boot on Monday and we’ll probably accelerate the process, that’s the aim.
‘We know the human body recovers naturally, their job from a medical perspective is to accelerate that process.
‘We love our medical team to be proactive rather than reactive, so are working towards a medical team that can understand how the player moves, can understand what injuries they might be susceptible to because of the biomechanics.
‘We might have to extend the season for him (Hiwula) to play, that’s our ambition that he will.
‘I think he can come back – and then when he does can make an impact.
‘For us, it’s about medical guys being proactive, hopefully getting to the injuries when they happen.’
Meanwhile, Harrison has undergone a successful knee operation.
And Cowley is keen to keep the striker around his dressing room to serve as Pompey’s ‘cheerleader’.
Pompey’s head coach added: ‘Ellis had an operation on Thursday (March 27), that was successful, he has been back at the training ground this week, in and around the group.
‘Although Ellis can’t have an impact now on the pitch, I still think he can have one off it.
‘He’s a big character, you always feel his presence when he’s in the building and it’s great for the players to be able to feed off his energy, so he’s going to be our cheerleader.
‘He wants the club to do well and the next time he steps onto a pitch he wants to be stepping onto a Championship pitch, rather than League One.’
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