Striker set to remain at Pompey

Pompey striker Tom Craddock Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey striker Tom Craddock Picture: Joe Pepler

TOM CRADDOCK is set to remain at Pompey for the last leg of his injury recovery.

Andy Awford has spoken to the striker about his rehabilitation from a serious knee injury, after a loan move was mooted.

But the pair have decided Craddock is best suited to building his fitness at Fratton Park.

Awford said: I spoke with Tom.

‘We had a really good chat and we are going to keep him here for a couple of three weeks.

‘He wants to do that and I’m comfortable with that.

‘With his training programme at the moment, when he trains he’s taking an extra day to get back on the training pitch.

‘That’s because of the stresses of a match.

‘If he was to go on loan and wasn’t able to train fully, as maybe a manager might want him to, that might be an issue.

‘I don’t think he’s quite ready for that.

‘He’s maybe two or three weeks away from that.’

Awford explained Craddock will feature in a reserve game against Wimbledon on Monday at the University of Portsmouth’s Furze Lane.

He will then revisit the best route forward for the 28-year-old next month.

‘I’m not saying he will go out on loan but he might need two or three weeks to reach that stage. So we’ve decided to keep him,’ admitted Awford.

‘We have a reserve game with Wimbledon.

‘It was supposed to be Tuesday but now it’s Monday.

‘Tom will be involved in that. It’s ideal for him to stay and get his game time.

‘Then we will have another look at him in two or three weeks time.’