Adam Webster will not be the man to fill in as Pompey right-back in the absence of Ben Davies.
The 20-year-old turned in a towering performance at centre-back in the Capital One Cup win over Derby recently and has filled in as a full-back in recent seasons.
But with Davies ruled out with a hamstring injury for today’s home clash with Morecambe, boss Paul Cook wants an alternative replacement.
Cook said: ‘Adam won’t play there, a right-back won’t arrive in time and Gareth Evans won’t play there.
‘Adam is a fantastic, ball-playing centre-half. He will come back into the team on Tuesday night.
‘We had a deal lined up that didn’t quite happen this week with a player.
Adam Webster won’t play there, a right-back won’t arrive in time and Gareth Evans won’t play therePaul Cook
‘And Gareth played there at Crawley. It was his first time and it was probably the last as well!’
Cook may ask Enda Stevens to switch to right-back and bring in Brandon Haunstrup at left-back.
Young midfielder Ben Close could be an option in that role, or Cook could have another trick up his sleeve.
The Blues boss said: ‘You can ask me but I won’t tell you. The option is there to pick any player. Don’t worry, I’m sure we will have a right-back.’
Cook insists he is still actively looking in the transfer market and there appears to be good news on Davies’ injury.
Cook added: ‘I’m not going to guess how long Ben is going to be out but it’s not quite as bad as we thought it might be.’
– STEVE WILSON