Portsmouth were handed their first defeat of the season against Gillingham at the weekend.
The League One leaders were beaten 2-0 by the Gills which saw their lead at the top go to three points.
However, Kenny Jackett’s side also suffered an injury concern in that match, with David Wheeler having picked up a knock in the game at Fratton Park.
The on-loan Queens Park Ranger’s winger, who came on as a second-half substitute has made seven appearances for Pompey and was likely to add to them this week, with international call-ups impacting the squad.
However, Jackett has revealed that the injury to Wheeler has come at a disappointing time and is unavailable for their upcoming games against Crawley Town (in the Checkatrade Trophy) and the League One encounter with AFC Wimbledon.
“Dave Wheeler had an ankle injury after a quite heavy challenge in the second half when he came on (against Gillingham),” he told the Portsmouth News.
“It’s a shame because he made a really good impression in that period and it would have been great if he’d have built on that.
“He certainly won’t be fit this week and we’ll see over the next week whether he’ll get better.
“It does look like it will be at least a week.”
Wheeler’s injury will come as a blow to Portsmouth and could not have come at a worse time for the club.
With the likes of Ronan Curtis away on international duty, the winger would likely have had the chance to add to his appearances and would have had an opportunity to push for a starting position in the future.
Pompey will be looking to bounce back immediately, however, without Wheeler and Curtis, they could be in for a tough time this week.
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