Portsmouth striker to remain sidelined for Blackpool clashÂ

Oli Hawkins will remain sidelined for the next couple of weeks.Â

Thursday, 10th January 2019, 1:07 pm
Updated Thursday, 10th January 2019, 3:12 pm
Oli Hawkins. Picture: Joe Pepler

The striker has missed two of Pompey's past three games with a calf injury.

Hawkins was absent for the 5-2 win at Fleetwood on December 29 before returning for the 2-1 victory over AFC Wimbledon on New Year's Day.

However, the 26-year-old picked up a recurrence of his setback before Saturday's FA Cup third-round triumph at Norwich, with Brett Pitman instead spearheading Kenny Jackett's attack.

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Oli Hawkins. Picture: Joe Pepler

And Hawkins will remain on the treatment table for Saturday's League One visit of Blackpool.

First-choice full-backs Nathan Thompson and Lee Brown (both hamstring), Ben Close (ankle) and No2 keeper Luke McGee (wrist) are also not yet fit.

Pompey boss Jackett said: '˜Oli has a calf injury.

'˜Obviously we know about Ben Close, Lee Brown, Nathan Thompson and Luke McGee.

'˜That's always going to happen. None of them are particularly long term.

'˜They'll be trickling back over the next week or two, although they won't make this weekend against Blackpool.'