Selection conundrum for Guy

Romain Padovani. Picture: Joe Pepler
Romain Padovani. Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey are facing a ‘selection headache’ ahead of the trip to Mansfield.

The Blues take on the Football League new boys as they go in search of their first win on the road at Field Mill tomorrow.

And there is a midfield conundrum for boss Guy Whittingham to deal with as skipper Johnny Ertl returns from suspension.

He is pushing for a start but that would mean breaking up central pairing Romain Padovani and Simon Ferry – who started the 3-0 win over Morecambe in the middle of the park.

Whittingham admitted it’s a tough call for him to make.

He said: ‘It’s a selection headache, for sure.

‘Johnny wants to play but is it right to change a winning side?

‘These are the things you have to take into consideration.

‘They are difficult decisions, as far as leaving out a player who has done well. If it’s a decision that needs to be made it will be made.

‘Romain has done very well. He’s taken his opportunity excellently. He’s a consistent performer.

‘Johnny was unfortunate to get the red card in the first game, in my view.

‘But Romain has stepped in and done well.

‘Johnny will have the same attitude whether he’s starting or not. He’s wholly committed.’

Tom Craddock is struggling with a groin injury ahead of tomorrow’s game, with Ashley Harris carrying a calf problem.

Ferry has recovered from the toe injury which saw him withdrawn last weekend.

Whittingham said: ‘Simon’s had a bit of problem but is training again now.’