Waddock doubt over Pompey injury returns

Ben Chorley. Picture: Joe Pepler
Ben Chorley. Picture: Joe Pepler
  • Pompey currently have nine players out injured
  • East, Chorley and Craddock appear to have played last game for club

Gary Waddock admitted he doubts Pompey’s walking wounded will return for the season finale.

The curtain will be drawn on a disappointing 2014-15 campaign on Saturday when York City visit Fratton Park.

I can see those lads that are out now still being out at the weekend, but we have to give credit to the players that performed at Mansfield

Gary Waddock

The Blues have been hit by injury during the past six weeks, with nine players ruled out of last weekend’s victory at Mansfield.

Caretaker boss Waddock doesn’t expect his options to increase ahead of the Minstermen’s visit to the south coast.

He said: ‘I don’t know if any will be back, as you well know we have a lot of injuries so we will see.

‘But I very much doubt it.

‘I can see those lads that are out now still being out at the weekend.

‘But we have to give credit to the players that performed at Mansfield.

‘We have young Adam May and Conor Chaplin on the bench, both good, young players getting good experience while the more seniors lads are out injured.

‘There are a lot of injuries, but still some good young players at this football club.’

Should there be no recoveries, it would most likely mean Danny East, Ben Chorley and Tom Craddock have played their last-ever matches for the Blues.

East has made only 23 appearances during an injury-hit two years with Pompey, scoring once.

Fellow defender Chorley has had 33 outings following his arrival under Richie Barker in January 2014.

In Craddock’s case, he yesterday turned out for the reserves at Cambridge but is not likely to be considered 
for first-team duty against York.

The 28-year-old has made 11 appearances and scored once since his summer 2013 arrival.

As it stands, Ryan Taylor will also be absent against York through his groin problem.

The 10-goal striker must wait to learn whether there will be a contract renewal.

Nyron Nosworthy is still struggling with a hamstring, while fellow loanee Josh Passley remains under medical observation after being knocked unconscious at Morecambe.

Paul Robinson and Jack Whatmough were last month ruled out for the remainder of the season, with the latter unable to attend Monday night’s end-of-season event having recently undergone knee surgery.

Finally, Andy Barcham is sidelined with the knee problem he picked up against Cheltenham, the fixture which also marked the end of Whatmough’s season.