Kenny Jackett has revealed that Brett Pitman could be unavailable when Portsmouth face Oxford United on Saturday, as reported on the club’s official website.
There had been hope that he would make this game before the Lincoln City and Bristol Rovers matches were played, but his groin injury could keep him out against Oxford.
Speaking ahead of the game, Jackett stated: “Brett probably won’t be fit. He still has a niggling groin injury that we’re monitoring day-by-day. Hopefully he’ll be alright for Tuesday.”
Pitman struggled for game time at the beginning of the season, but has now managed to amass five starts and six substitute appearances across all competitions, as per WhoScored.
He has managed to score three goals so far this season, with two of those coming in League One, a tally that includes the winner against Bolton Wanderers.
Despite the upturn in goalscoring form in recent weeks, there are still only three teams who have fewer goals in League One than Pompey this campaign.
With this in mind, Jackett will likely have wanted as many attacking options available as possible, especially when that option had 18 goal contributions last season, as per Transfermarkt.
Having Pitman unavailable would be a blow for Jackett and Portsmouth, as he certainly could have been a useful option to have at the top of the pitch.
Though with the team having scored three goals in two games despite his absence, the hope will be that they can continue to step up without the former captain.
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