Kenny Jackett has revealed that Oli Hawkins is set to make his return from injury in 2-3 weeks, as reported on Portsmouth’s official website.
The 27-year-old, who can play as a striker or centre-back, has been out since being forced off in the 59th minute of the Carabao Cup loss against Southampton with an injured foot, as per SofaScore.
Hawkins was being used in the defence before he picked up the injury, so with Jackett having stated that he wanted to settle the back four, by having players consistently on the pitch, it will have been frustrating for the manager to see the 27-year-old out injured.
He has only played 1 League One game this season, in the 1-0 loss against Wycombe Wanderers, but he showed signs that he can be a reliable player at the back, making 4 tackles, 2 interceptions and 2 clearances, as per WhoScored.
It will definitely be a positive for Jackett to have Hawkins back to fitness and available, as he continues to get the team pushing up the table.
However, there is arguably no certainty that the 27-year-old will slot straight back into the team, with Sean Raggett showing he can put in impressive performances of his own, when Pompey beat Doncaster Rovers.
It will be interesting to see who Jackett decides to play alongside Christian Burgess once Hawkins is back from injury.
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