Pompey wingers deliver injury boost

Andy Barcham. Picture: Joe Pepler
Andy Barcham. Picture: Joe Pepler

POMPEY are set for a triple injury fillip as they go to Oxford.

Midfielder Simon Ferry will come back into contention as the Blues travel to the Kassam Stadium.

And he will be joined by Andy Barcham and Ricky Holmes, who have both returned to training for Richie Barker’s men.

Ferry has had no adverse reaction to a week’s training after his troublesome hamstring injury.

And Barcham (thigh) is back after being out since last month’s loss at Bristol Rovers, with Holmes suffering a head injury against Southend.

But the Oxford clash will arrive too soon for Danny East (ankle).

Barker said: ‘Andy and Ricky are training again.

‘That will bring them into contention.

‘It’s too soon for Danny East, though.

‘Simon has trained all week and has been fine.’

Barker is wary about Ferry’s ongoing hamstring problems.

But he has been impressed with his behaviour since arriving as manager at Fratton Park.

He believes the injury will need looking at in future but it’s a case of managing the problem for the time being.

Barker said: ‘His injuries haven’t been ideal.

‘His attitude has been fantastic, though.

‘We won’t solve what it is with his hamstrings right now. But we’ll make the best of it.

‘It gets to him when he doesn’t train but I’ve been impressed with his attitude.’

Jake Jervis is hoping to gain international clearance today in time to feature tomorrow.

Barker feels his match fitness is naturally not at its sharpest but he has no reservations about that matter.

Barker said: ‘He’s probably not quite where he wants to be. But that was always going to be the case.

‘I’m used to signing players who aren’t quite where they want to be.

‘That’s all I signed at Crawley. I had reserve team players and tried to make them first team players. It’s nothing new to me.’

Meanwhile, Barker will be the guest at the latest meeting of Pompey Supporters’ Club central branch.

The Blues boss is to take questions from the fans at the event taking place on Thursday, January 23.

To be hosted at the Alliance Lounge, formerly the Pitchside restaurant, at Fratton Park, it will begin at 7pm.

The meeting is for members of the long-standing supporters club, although fans can sign up on the night.

Yearly membership is priced at £10, while a family ticket is £15 and consists of two adults and two children under-16.