Portsmouth may have lifted themselves back into automatic promotion contention with their win against Scunthorpe United at the weekend, however, there must still be some disappointment about their concerning form in 2019? Kenny Jackett’s side have found wins hard to come by and fans may have been resigned to the fact that they might have to try and make their long-awaited return to the Championship via the playoffs.
But, all is not lost for those at Fratton Park, as although their chance of securing promotion via the automatic route appears to have been given a refreshing lift, they are also within in a shout of lifting a trophy at the end of the month.
A date with former Premier League and current promotion foes Sunderland at Wembley awaits Jackett’s men for the CheckaTrade Trophy as both sides, firstly, look to build momentum ahead of the final run in and also bring their fans some silverware to cheer about.
However, Pompey’s chances of replicating what their arch-rivals Southampton did almost a decade ago have taken what could be a huge blow and something that could potentially turn the day out at the National Stadium from something momentous and glorious to a nightmare and one that they may want to forget about.
Ronan Curtis was unfortunately struck with a freak injury when leaving his home a week or so ago with the weather largely to blame. The influential midfielder required to undergo surgery on his finger after the wind slammed the door on his hand and has ruled him out for between four and six weeks.
The Republic of Ireland international’s freak injury could not have come at a worse time for either himself or Portsmouth as he would have likely played a huge role in the EFL Cup Final in two-Sundays time.
The 22-year-old has registered 12 goals in all competitions for the Fratton Park outfit this season, including one in the semi-final against Bristol Rovers, making him an extremely lethal threat and a difficult prospect for the Black Cats’ defence to have to deal with.
Curtis has been in such good form this season for the south coast outfit that he attracted plenty of interest from clubs higher up in the Football League prior to the January transfer window, whilst his performances saw him scoop the Republic of Ireland’s Under-21’s Player of the Year award recently.
Portsmouth appear to have been able to deal without him recently, with results starting to take a turn in the right direction, however, you cannot help but feel that Curtis’ absence from the EFL Trophy Final could come to haunt Jackett and his side at Wembley.
Portsmouth fans, do you think Curtis’ absence will be a blow to your chances of lifting the trophy? Or do you think the club can still go on and win? Let us know below by joining in with the discussion.
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