AWFORD SUFFERS DOUBLE DISMAY
PORTSMOUTH manager Andy Awford concedes that the loss of centre-backs Jack Whatmough and Paul Robinson for the rest of the season is a tough pill to swallow.
Whatmough, 18, has made 24 appearances for mid-table Pompey this term but will be out for several months after suffering knee ligament damage.
Robinson, 33, who joined on loan from Millwall at the start of the season before making the move permanent in January, has undergone surgery on a broken cheekbone but should be back for the start of next season.
“It’s another blow,” Awford said. “To lose two centrebacks at this stage is a toughie.
“Paul had an operation on Monday to his cheekbone and I’m 95 per cent certain he won’t play again this season.
“It looks like it’s going to be months rather than weeks with Jack’s injury, but he is young, strong and mentally-equipped. He has a good team behind him that will look to get him back out there as soon as possible.”
INJURY: Paul Robinson