GARY ROBERTS has handed Pompey a boost after his knee injury appears to be less serious than first feared.
The influential midfielder picked up the knock in Friday night’s 1-1 draw at Bognor and limped off just before half-time after a tussle for the ball.
I don’t think a scan is a necessity at the momentPaul Cook
Those worries were heightened when the former Chesterfield man failed to emerge after half-time and then limped away from the ground with his left knee in a brace.
But although the 31-year-old played no part in Pompey’s 3-2 win at Gosport Borough on Saturday, he was there watching his team-mates at Privett Park, which seems to point towards the fact he will not face a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
While there was a hint of a slight limp as he made his way around the ground, the club have currently shelved plans to send him for a scan.
And boss Paul Cook confirmed that the injury had improved considerably in the space of less than 24 hours.
Cook said: ‘Gary had a knee problem so everyone fears the worst but sometimes with these injuries, you need to give them 24 hours to settle down. It seems a lot better.
‘We haven’t had the scan.
‘So he will work with Sean Duggan and the phsyio’s team but I don’t think a scan is a necessity at the moment.
‘The physio knows more than me but he seems okay, which is good news.’
Although Duggan politely declined to comment or confirm if a scan was still planned, it’s unlikely Roberts would have been up and down the steps of the main stand at Privett Park if there was any hint of potential ligament damage.
Roberts will receive treatment this week, although it seems unlikely he will be risked in tomorrow’s friendly with Coventry City at Westleigh Park (7.30pm).