The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Ben Baker

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

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