Sickness bug claims Portsmouth casualties for FA Cup encounter with Harrogate

Danny Cowley’s selection plans have been impacted by a sickness bug ahead of their FA Cup clash with Harrogate Town.

Saturday, 4th December 2021, 2:09 pm
Updated Saturday, 4th December 2021, 2:09 pm

And the illness, which isn’t related to Covid, has ruled out George Hirst and Joe Morrell from his 20-man squad.

The Blues have made four changes to the team which claimed a late victory at Gillingham last weekend.

That means recalls for Ellis Harrison, Michael Jacobs and Miguel Azeez, while Sean Raggett is back from suspension.

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George Hirst has been ruled out of Pompey duty through a sickness bug. Picture: Daniel Chesterton/

Hirst and Morrell are unavailable, with Ronan Curtis, who skippered the side at the Priestfield Stadium, on the bench.

Louis Thompson is also an absentee, although the reasons for his exclusion are not presently clear.

Shaun Williams is back in the centre of midfield following Raggett’s return from a one-game ban.

Elsewhere, Harrison is in attack in place of the in-form Hirst, with fit-again John Marquis among the substitutes.

Pompey: Bazunu, Freeman, Raggett, Ogilvie, Romeo, Hackett, Williams, Azeez, Jacobs, Harness, Harrison.

Subs: Bass, Marquis, Ahadme, Curtis, Pace, Gifford, Jewitt-White, Hughes, Brown.

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