Tom Naylor declared fit - but two Portsmouth changes against Southampton

Tom Naylor has been declared fit to skipper Pompey in the south-coast derby.

Tuesday, 24th September 2019, 7:58 pm
Updated Sunday, 29th September 2019, 8:42 pm
Tom Naylor is fit to face Southampton in the south-coast derby. Picture: Joe Pepler

The midfielder was yesterday rated as 50/50 by manager Kenny Jackett after collecting two different injuries in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Wycombe.

However, he convinced the Blues boss of his availability this morning to be included in this evening’s starting line-up against Southampton.

Jackett has made two changes to the side which suffered that abject loss at Adams Park.

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Brett Pitman and Ryan Williams earn recalls, replacing Andy Cannon and the suspended Ellis Harrison.

However, there is no starting spot for Gareth Evans, who must remain content for a place on the bench.

Elsewhere, Isle of Wight youngster Leon Maloney is called up to feature among the substitutes.

Pompey: MacGillivray, Bolton, Burgess, Hawkins, Haunstrup, Close, Naylor, Williams, Pitman, Curtis, Marquis.

Subs: Bass, Walkes, Downing, Cannon, McCrorie, Evans, Maloney.