Christian Burgess to learn extent of ankle injury

Christian Burgess. Picture: Joe Pepler
Christian Burgess. Picture: Joe Pepler

CHRISTIAN BURGESS will undergo a scan today to determine the extent of his ankle injury – and discover whether his ever-present League Two run is over.

That’s after the 24-year-old left Fratton Park with his right foot in a protective boot following the Blues’ 4-0 win over Hartlepool on Saturday.

The central defender, who has played in all 21 league games for Paul Cook’s fourth-placed side so far this season, was caught late on in the victory by Mikael Mandron’s rash challenge and left the field of play in pain.

The Pools substitute received a yellow card for the tackle and Pompey assistant manager Leam Richardson fears that Burgess, a summer recruit from Peterborough, could be set for a spell on the sidelines.

Richardson said: ‘It’s a tough one – it was a lazy challenge that comes at the end of a game.

‘The centre forward is a bit frustrated and caught him.

It’s not looking great – he will get X-rayed and we will have a better prognosis from there.

Pompey assistant manager Leam Richardson

‘It is disappointing for Christian – he is in a boot at the minute.

‘It’s not looking great – he will get X-rayed and we will have a better prognosis from there.’

Should Burgess be ruled out of Saturday’s trip to league-leaders Northampton, Richardson believes Pompey have the strength in depth to cover his absence.

Both Adam Webster and Matt Clarke have performed well at the heart of the Blues’ defence when called upon and with Jack Whatmough closing in on a return from injury, boss Cook is ‘lucky’ to have a proven pool of talented youngsters to pick from.

Richardson said: ‘We are lucky at the minute with the centre-halves we have got.

‘They are very young, very vibrant, want to learn and want to work.

‘Whichever partnership you pick at the minute the gaffer will be pleased with.’

– JEFF MARSHMAN