Paul Cook has admitted the clock is ticking down on Jayden Stockley’s potential return ahead of his loan expiry.
The striker is back at parent club Bournemouth receiving treatment on an injury to his right ankle.
Jayden has done smashing for us in games, he has a couple of vital goals so hopefully we can get him back quicklyPaul Cook
Rehabilitation has left the 22-year-old wearing a protective boot, with his comeback not anticipated for another four weeks.
In the meantime, Pompey have recruited Caolan Lavery to provide competition to Matt Tubbs in the striking positions.
Stockley’s six-month loan spell is scheduled to end on January 7.
Time is running out on getting him back and able to challenge for a Blues spot.
Cook said: ‘I have been led to believe it is going to be two weeks in a pot (protective boot) for Jayden and then Bournemouth will take it on from there.
‘The likelihood is he is going to be out for a period of time, we will wait and see.
‘He is here until January so by the time it goes into November he would really need to be back before December if he is going to feature again. We will see.
‘Jayden has done smashing for us in games, he has a couple of vital goals so hopefully we can get him back quickly.
‘There is not much you can do while he is out injured, though, especially with a parent club looking at him. He is over there at present.
‘Jayden has just had a baby and signed a new contract in the summer so it has been a life-changing period for him.
‘But the quicker he gets back fit and playing football the better.’
Stockley has scored twice for the Blues since his loan arrival from the Cherries in July.
He memorably headed home a last-gasp leveller against Morecambe in August after Cook’s side had fought back from three goals down.
His other goal was the winner in the 2-1 success at Bristol Rovers last month which took Pompey to the top of League Two.
He has missed the last three matches, with Tubbs instead benefiting from a run in the side and netting three times.
Cook added: ‘It’s great to see Tubbs scoring goals again, there is nothing like confidence in football.
‘His finish at Newport had all his hallmarks.
‘It was calm, there was no snatching, a finish of a lad in form.
‘His goal-scoring record is frighteningly good and any team must be better for having a goalscorer like Matt Tubbs.’