Portsmouth surprise as Christian Burgess declared fit to face Bradford

Kenny Jackett has sprung a Pompey surprise by naming Christian Burgess against Bradford.

Saturday, 2nd March 2019, 1:17 pm
Updated Saturday, 2nd March 2019, 2:25 pm
Christian Burgess has been ruled fit to play against Bradford today. Picture: Joe Pepler

The central defender was declared injured for today’s Fratton Park encounter, having bruised his ankle at Bury in the week.

However, Burgess is able to retain his place, despite Jackett ruling him out in the build up.

That prevents an anticipated Blues reshuffle, with just one change to the team which beat Bury 3-0 to reach the final of the Checkatrade Trophy.

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The sole alteration is Jamal Lowe for Viv Solomon-Otabor, the half-time substitution at Gigg Lane which made such an impact.

Solomon-Otabor drops to a bench containing Brett Pitman and James Vaughan.

However, there is no place for Bryn Morris or Lloyd Isgrove, despite both back from being cup-tied for the Checkatrade Trophy.

Pompey: MacGillivray, Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, Brown, Naylor, Close, Lowe, Evans, Curtis, Hawkins.

Subs: Bass, Haunstrup, Walkes, Donohue, Solomon-Otabor, Pitman, Vaughan.