Portsmouth have taken the option to postpone their League One match against Southend United, as reported by the club’s official website.
The game was scheduled to be played on 7th September, but Pompey’s request to call it off was accepted by the EFL.
The reason they have been allowed to postpone the match is that Craig MacGillivray, Ronan Curtis and Ross McCrorie have all been called up for international duty, while Marcus Harness’ injury also played into the club’s thinking.
This means the club’s next League One match will be against Burton Albion on 17th September, following Tuesday’s EFL Trophy tie against Crawley Town.
MacGillivray, who was called up by Scotland, would arguably have been the biggest loss for the game, as he is the club’s clear number 1, having started all eight of the club’s game across the league and Carabao Cup this season, keeping three clean sheets, as per Transfermarkt.
Curtis, who is with Republic of Ireland, is another who has started every game for Pompey this campaign and has also made some big contributions, scoring once in the 3-3 draw against Coventry City and assisting another against Birmingham City.
McCrorie will be with Scotland U21 and after having a tough start to the campaign, having got sent off against Shrewsbury Town, he has highlighted how effective he can be, coming up with the assist for the second against Queens Park Rangers.
Harness hasn’t been called up to a national team, but is expected to miss 7-14 days due to an injury sustained against Blackpool, with the postponement meaning he shouldn’t miss any league games, which is a big bonus, as he has got three goals and one assist in his last four games.
Postponing the game is definitely the best decision for Portsmouth, considering the importance of the four players who would be missing against Southend.
There is the risk of fixtures beginning to build up, but having a stronger team available for the game is certainly worth that, especially as Pompey have only won one league game so far this season.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!