Passley set to stay on the right-hand side

Fu;lham loanee Josh Passley Picture: Joe Pepler

Fu;lham loanee Josh Passley Picture: Joe Pepler

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ANDY AWFORD is planning to extend the stay of his lucky talisman.

And Josh Passley is set to win his race for fitness as he bids to continue his perfect Pompey defensive record against Cambridge.

Awford’s side have not let in a goal in the four appearances since the right-sided player arrived on loan from Fulham.

His initial spell ends next week after the games against Cambridge and Tranmere.

The Pompey boss likes what he has seen of the 20-year-old and plans to speak to his old team-mate Kit Symons about a renewal to his deal.

He said: ‘We’ve got two games between now and when his loan is up on the 25th.

‘Let’s get Cambridge and Tranmere out of the way and then I may have to go see Kit and twist his arm!

‘Since he came here we’ve not let a goal in so he’s done well.

‘He’s done okay going forward.

‘There were a couple of times at Wycombe when he got up there and maybe could have been used a bit more.

‘I’ve been pleased with his overall performances.

‘He’s got good energy and we’ve seen that.

‘He has the legs to play wing-back.

‘It suits him and you can see that.’

Awford is hopeful Passley will be available to take his place in the Blues team as they go to the Abbey Stadium tomorrow.

He was taken off at half-time against Exeter last weekend with the fear he’d injured his hamstring.

Awford explained that was a precautionary measure, however, with the concern playing on would mean an extended spell on the sidelines for the Londoner.

Passley returned to his parent club in the capital for treatment, which has been successful.

Provided he comes through training without any hitches today, he should be available to take his place in the team.

Awford added: ‘He’s trained and he’s come through it.

‘He stayed in Fulham Monday and Tuesday with their physio.

‘It was a tight hamstring.

‘If he’s not 100 per cent he will not play against Cambridge.

‘That’s not because he’s not our player but because we need every player.

‘He trained yesterday morning and has gone through a vigorous session.

‘If there’s no reaction, he’ll be available.

‘It was tight – it wasn’t gone. He felt it tighten.

‘Fair play to our physio who told me and we got him off the pitch in time.

‘He’s played well for us but you’d never forgive yourself if we lost him for six to eight weeks.’