Wynter ready to challenge again

Blues defender Alex Wynter is available for selection   Picture: Joe Pepler
Blues defender Alex Wynter is available for selection Picture: Joe Pepler
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Alex Wynter is tonight poised to finally lay a regular claim to Pompey’s right-back slot.

The 20-year-old is available again following the head injury he received on his debut against Peterborough.

That has kept him out of the Blues’ last five matches – but he returns to the squad for tonight’s trip to Yeovil (7.45pm).

It leaves Wynter pushing for a start in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy fixture as Andy Awford shuffles his side again.

The loanee is regarded as a versatile performer by Pompey’s boss and he shone in the victory over Peterborough in a right wing-back role.

Since then Adam Webster, Ricky Holmes and Jed Wallace have operated as either right-backs or right wing-backs.

And for Awford the Huish Park trip represents another opportunity to see the highly-regarded Wynter in action.

He said: ‘Alex is available and in the squad, he’s had a real good week training last week and trained yesterday.

‘The game he did play was a very good performance from the team and he fitted into that very well.

‘It was the first time we went to a back three against Peterborough and he did very well in that right wing-back role.

‘I remember him and Nigel linking up very well down the right-hand side.

‘It’s a shame he couldn’t continue that, but we have managed manfully without him and it’s just great to have another body back.

‘I thought Jed did really well in the right wing-back role (against Newport), I was pleased.

‘He was the one who created the chances for us down that right hand-side and his energy is there for all to see.

‘I think Alex can play anywhere along the back, I signed him for his versatility.

‘He can play right back, right wing-back, centre half and left-back. He can play a holding role.

‘I have got my own preference where I think he can play in our system, and place, and he is an option for tonight.’

Patrick Agyemang and Michael Poke are also back in the squad following injury.

Agyemang’s return coincides with Ryan Bird yesterday leaving Fratton Park having had his contract cancelled by mutual consent.

Meanwhile, Poke, has recovered from his Achilles injury to signal the end of Peter Brezovan’s short-term deal.

Elsewhere, Jack Whatmough trained yesterday following his ankle injury.

But Ben Chorley was absent with a dead leg.

Both are unlikely to be risked for the visit to Yeovil.

That leaves fellow defender Wynter along with Adam Webster challenging to feature.

Dan Butler is also an option at left-back, while Nigel Atangana is expected to be named in the starting line-up.