James Bolton is set to make his return from injury in Portsmouth’s EFL Trophy match against Crawley Town, as confirmed on the club’s official website.
This will be the first game of Pompey’s title defence, before they face Oxford United and Norwich City U21 in their other group stage matches.
Bolton has recovered from his ankle injury in time to play, but while Oli Hawkins and Ryan Williams are both back in training, they will be unavailable to face the Red Devils.
Bolton has been limited to just 37 minutes of football this season, since his summer transfer from Shrewsbury Town due to his injury, with that time coming when he was brought on as a substitute in a 1-0 loss against his former side, as per Transfermarkt.
During that game, he won 1 tackle, 3 ground duels, 2 aerial duels, as per SofaScore, in addition, he managed 1 key pass, 1 cross and 1 dribble.
He was a regular in Shrewsbury’s starting line up last season, making 41 appearances across the campaign.
Having Bolton return in an EFL Trophy game is good, as it means he can use it to get back to full fitness without the pressure of getting Portsmouth back up the table, while it is still a competitive game.
He gave a glimpse of what he can offer during his 37 minutes this season, so it will be a bonus for Kenny Jackett to get him back out onto the pitch.
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