Pompey concern over Adam McGurk

Adam McGurk. Picture: Joe Pepler

Adam McGurk. Picture: Joe Pepler

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Paul Cook has spoken of his concern over Adam McGurk’s run of early-season injuries.

The forward is expected to return to action from an ankle injury in two weeks’ time.

This is disappointing for Adam and the second and third niggle he has picked up now, you cannot continually deal with that

Paul Cook

The problem was unfortunate timing for both the player and Pompey, with McGurk beginning to establish himself in the side and netting in successive matches.

That included a stunning goal-of-the-season contender in the 1-1 draw at Oxford United last month.

McGurk had previously missed a large chunk of pre-season with a thigh problem after his summer move from Burton Albion.

It wasn’t until seven League Two matches in before he was granted a maiden league start for the Blues.

Now there is the current setback and Cook has revealed the situation is starting to become a worry.

He said: ‘With Adam, injury has been one of the big things – it has been stop-start for him, eventually that trait must stop.

‘This is disappointing for him and the second and third niggle he has picked up now, you cannot continually deal with that.

‘The problem is when they come back they need games, so it’s not a case of “he will be back next week”.

‘So certainly having a body or two more in the building, such as signing Caolan Lavery, gives that little bit of squad depth we need.’

Irrespective of his injury problems, McGurk has netted three times for Pompey.

That includes a goal on his debut and registering with a header against Derby County in the Capital One Cup.

He has largely impressed, proving his versatility by serving as a lone striker in three of his five starts.

McGurk won League Two with Burton last season.