Worst fears now confirmed in cruel injury blow for Portsmouth's Alex Bass after Southend comeback

Pompey have confirmed that Alex Bass has suffered a recurrence of his leg break.

Thursday, 4th March 2021, 2:16 pm
Updated Thursday, 4th March 2021, 2:18 pm
Alex Bass has suffered a recurrence of his leg break. Picture: Joe Pepler

And the keeper is expected to be sidelined for another six week as he attempts to recover from the injury for a second time in two months.

Bass sustained a hairline fracture of his lower leg during a training ground challenge with Haji Mnoga at the start of January.

He returned to action and was last weekend was loaned to Southend in an emergency arrangement.

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Now tests have confirmed fears he has another break in the same area – and he looks set to miss another six weeks.

Jackett said: ‘It’s a similar problem, a hairline fracture of the same foot, unfortunately.

‘It was very innocuous, Alex jumped for a ball with nobody near him and not under pressure. He took an easy catch and, when putting that particular foot down, just felt it slightly.

‘Sometimes you can get a really heavy landing or twist awkwardly, these things can happen, in particular during pressure situations with bodily contact.

‘That said, this has happened on a regular landing for a goalkeeper.

‘We obviously look at things and how they have happened, but we went on a specialist’s advice and an X-ray (before he joined Southend), so this has been unfortunate.

‘Some game time at Southend would have been perfect for Alex and for us.’

Lewis Ward is presently back-up to Craig MacGillivray after arriving on loan from Exeter during the January transfer window.

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