Pompey’s first-team players have thrown their support behind Dory Yates after the youngster’s injury setback.
The Academy central defender suffered a serious ankle injury in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat against Yeovil Town.
It is another blow to the second-year scholar, who broke his leg in February 2013.
Yates had recovered impressively from that problem and was named among the substitutes when Paul Cook’s side visited Exeter City in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy last month.
However, his progress has now been checked by another injury and he will today undergo an MRI scan to assess the extent of the damage.
In the meantime, many of Pompey’s side which won at Cambridge United last weekend took to Twitter to send Yates their bets wishes.
They included Matt Tubbs, who dedicated his two Abbey Stadium goals to the youngster, with Conor Chaplin, Christian Burgess, Ben Davies and Brandon Haunstrup also tweeting.
And Academy boss Mark Kelly has backed Yates to once again fight back.
He said: ‘Dory has dislocated his ankle and suffered a tiny hairline fracture of the leg.
‘What they have done is put it in plaster and an MRI scan is due today to see what damage has been done and how bad the ligaments are.
‘He has worked extremely hard to get back after a broken leg and now this is another setback for the boy.
‘Dory’s a brilliant lad who gets on with his work.
‘It can be a lonely place and I remember the lads going on tour to Hollands the other summer and although he couldn’t feature he was out there working with us.
‘The way the lads have rallied round, however, shows the family feel around the club at the moment and it has really given him a boost.
‘To have someone like Matt Tubbs dedicate his goals to Dory was a fantastic gesture, while Paul Cook rang him up on Saturday for a chat.
‘Things like that help demonstrate he is not isolated and not alone at this club, despite the injury.
‘They have all been in contact with him because everyone appreciates how hard it is in this environment, let alone when you get injury setbacks.
‘There is a real connection with all the players at the moment, the young lads and first team work in groups a lot of the time and will know Dory inside out.’
Pompey Academy travel to Exeter on Saturday with Matt Casey ready to replace Yates in the starting line-up.
Meanwhile, the Blues will face Plymouth Argyle on Wednesday, October 28, in the FA Youth Cup.