Portsmouth's potential play-off opponents Oxford United dealt blow ahead of likely season restart

Pompey potential play-off opponents Oxford United have been dealt a blow ahead of the season’s likely resumption.

Thursday, 4th June 2020, 12:30 pm
Updated Thursday, 4th June 2020, 3:29 pm

Promising winger Nathan Holland has seen his loan stay at the Kassam Stadium curtailed after being recalled by Premier League West Ham.

Holland has returned to the Londoners after impressing in a 12-game stay, scoring three goals.

The 21-year-old picked up a hamstring injury in March and, although he could’ve been fit enough to return, it’s now been decided he shouldn’t be risked as and when the campaign restarts.

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Karl Robinson’s side could well lie in wait for Pompey this season, with the Us set to be the opposition if the season is curtailed and decided by unweighted points per game.

That remains the stated option by the EFL at present if the campaign can’t be decided on the pitch.

That looks likely to be decided at next week’s key meeting among League One clubs, which will take place on Tuesday.

Oxford United boss Karl Robinson.

Pompey’s other loanees at present at are Ross McCrorie, who’s on loan from Scottish giants Rangers and Sean Raggett, whose contract with Premier League Norwich comes to a close in the summer.

It’s not been such positive news for the Blues’ promotion rivals, however, when it comes to loanees.

Wycombe have indicated they will be without right-back Jason McCarthy as and when the season restarts.

The Chairboys have stated McCarthy would need to return to parent club Millwall, as they would be unable to pay his wages for the rest of the season.

Wycombe are cutting their cloth after indicating they believe they will lose as much as £2.5m from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.