Kenny Jackett has been handed a dilemma about whether to postpone Portsmouth’s match against Southend United, as reported by The News Portsmouth.
Craig MacGillivray has been called up to the Scotland national team, Ross McCrorie will be with the Scotland U21 squad, while Ronan Curtis will be going away with the Republic of Ireland national team.
This means that the trio would be unavailable to face Southend, leaving Jackett with the dilemma of whether to play the game without them or postpone it and risk a fixture pile-up.
MacGillivray is Portsmouth’s undisputed number 1, having started every one of the club’s six games across League One and the Carabao Cup this campaign, keeping three clean sheets, as per Transfermarkt.
McCrorie has played four games this season and despite getting off to a bad start with a red card against Portsmouth, he has shown how effective he can be, providing the assist for Marcus Harness’ goal against Queens Park Rangers.
Like MacGillivray, Curtis has started all six of Pompey’s games this season – so far he has one goal which came in the 3-3 draw against Coventry City and an assist in the 3-0 victory over Birmingham City.
The club have got just four points from four games without players away on international duty, so it seems a bit silly to play a game without three important players when there is the option not to – especially when one of those is your main goalkeeper.
This option would also give Jackett a weekend where he could work with his players on the training pitch to help improve performances in the league.
While fixtures building up is a risk, it is worth it to have the strongest squad possible available for the game.
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