Duo ruled out of Pompey trip

Paul McCallum has had a stop-start Pompey career to date Picture: Joe Pepler
Paul McCallum has had a stop-start Pompey career to date Picture: Joe Pepler
  • McCallum and East latest to join Pompey casualty list
  • Passley back in first-team frame
  • Craddock returns to training
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PAUL McCALLUM and Danny East have been ruled out of tomorrow’s trip to Carlisle (3pm).

McCallum injured his ankle on reserve-team duty at Luton on Tuesday, forcing him off at the interval.

Danny’s a great lad, he’s young, starting out in his career trying to get a run of games, but through injury unfortunately it has been very stop-start for him

Andy Awford

Meanwhile, East has not recovered from the hamstring problem which saw him substituted towards the end of the first half against Shrewsbury.

The duo are also unlikely to make the Bank Holiday Monday visit of Plymouth Argyle, as the injuries stack up for Andy Awford.

Although, Josh Passley is under consideration again for the right wing-back slot having been disciplined for last weekend’s timekeeping.

Yet, in McCallum’s case, it is more misery as his Pompey loan spell from West Ham continues to stutter.

Awford said: ‘It’s Paul’s ankle, he came off as a precaution at first.

‘The physios assessed him at half-time and it was the right thing to do to take him off. He then came in Wednesday morning and has damage to his ankle.

‘He’s not available for selection for Carlisle and will have to look at it again over the weekend.

‘With Danny, the hamstring has not gone, it has tweaked.

‘I don’t think he is going to be out for the rest of the season, but there is a little bit of damage there and hopefully we have caught it early enough.

‘He will certainly miss the Carlisle game.

‘Danny’s a great lad. He’s young, starting out in his career trying to get a run of games, but through injury, unfortunately it has been very stop-start for him.’

Jack Whatmough, Andy Barcham and Paul Robinson remain on the sidelines to also reduce Awford’s options for Brunton Park.

In addition, David Cornell will continue on the bench, deputising for Michael Poke, who is troubled by a back problem.

Meanwhile, Tom Craddock has returned to Pompey training, yet the striker is not ready to be considered for first-team action.

Awford added: ‘Tom is back training but is not in full training yet. We will have to wait, he will play again when his body allows him too.

‘He is not an option for me at the moment, though.’