Wes Fogden can spark a powerful League Two run-in for Pompey.
And James Dunne has welcomed the competition for a Blues midfield starting place.
He’s a good player and he’ll fit back into the squad. It’s a big lift for us.James Dunne
Fogden made a 20-minute cameo appearance in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Accrington.
That continued his comeback from a serious knee injury, after 12 minutes off the bench at Northampton last week.
Dunne hasn’t seen too much of the former Hawks man who has spent the majority of the campaign in the treatment room.
But the glimpses he has been given tell him why he is appreciated by fans and players alike.
Dunne said: ‘We’ve got Foggy (Fogden) back in there now.
‘I’ve seen him in training recently, but I haven’t seen too much of him because he got his knee injury.
‘He’s a good player and he’ll fit back into the squad. It’s a big lift for us.
‘If you’ve got Foggy and Barchy (Barcham) coming off the bench it isn’t too bad – and there’s Westy (Westcarr).
‘We’re together as a squad and we have to do it as a squad over the rest of the season.’
Dunne returned to the fray on Saturday after serving a two-game ban for picking up 10 yellow cards.
He knows he has to keep performance levels up if he wants to stay there.
Dunne said: ‘Jed and Dutch (Danny Hollands) have both been quality. We have a good three going on in there.
‘Nigel (Atangana) has come in and done well too.
‘He was decent in the two games when I wasn’t in the side. The four of us have linked up quite well.
‘It’s good competition.’