Simon Ferry has given Richie Barker an injury boost after returning to training.
The midfielder had been sidelined by a hamstring problem for Pompey’s past two matches.
It’s a repeat of the problem which has kept him out of the first-team picture on three separate occasions since his summer arrival.
Now Ferry has taken his next step towards a possible return, although it may be too early to consider him for this weekend’s trip to Oxford.
There is also encouraging news on the other injured members of Barker’s squad following a weekend without a match.
Danny East’s ankle ligament problem is not as bad as first feared, while Adam Webster is closing in on a return from a hamstring injury.
Shaun Cooper (hamstring) and Andy Barcham (thigh) started running again last week as they progress.
And Yassin Moutaouakil is back in training after an illness.
Barker said: ‘Simon was going to train on Friday, but because the match was off through the weather we have held him back for another 24-48 hours.
‘Danny has had a couple of scans and all have come back fairly clear so he will start his rehab this week.
‘We are hoping it is not as bad as first feared. It could have been anything from days to weeks.
‘Yassin trained on Friday but was still coughing and spluttering.
‘However, he would never have been fit to start the Accrington game.
‘As for Adam, I think he is probably ready to train if not this week then the week after, after picking up a slight hamstring problem on loan at Aldershot.’