Experienced Pompey forward Brett Pitman has returned to training in a welcome injury boost for under-fire manager Kenny Jackett ahead of the Blues crucial League One clash with Southend United tomorrow night.
The thirty-one-year-old has missed Pompey’s last four fixtures since limping off with a groin injury during their goalless draw with Gillingham in October.
However, Portsmouth News is reporting Pitman is back training with his Pompey team-mates ahead of tomorrow night’s visit of Sol Campbell’s men to Fratton Park.
The talented forward has three goals in eleven appearances for Pompey this season and while it is still unclear whether he will be fit to feature, news of his impending return is good news for Portsmouth fans who have become increasingly frustrated with their side’s lack of creativity and firepower.
Pitman has an impressive forty goals in ninety-four outings for Pompey since arriving from Ipswich Town in 2017.
Portsmouth have scored only four goals during Pitman’s spell on the sidelines as their mediocre start to the season continues. While they are unbeaten in three games, only one of those fixtures ended with three points and fans continue to voice their displeasure at Jackett’s negative tactics.
Anything other than an emphatic victory over one of the divisions whipping boys is unlikely to appease the Fratton Park faithful.
Pitman has not always been the flavour of the month with Jacket but bearing in mind his side’s current predicament, if fit he surely has to play.
He could be the spark Pompey need to start rising the table.
They have a quality squad, and a playoff push should not be discounted just yet.