Portsmouth manager Andy Awford has played down fears of an injury to Matt Tubbs after last night’s 0-0 draw with Dagenham and Redbridge.

The striker, who has 13 goals in League Two, limped off the pitch in the 87th minute of the goalless draw at Victoria Road. The Blues already have on-loan Paul McCallum suspended for another four matches following his red card against Southend, while Tom Craddock is still out injured and Patrick Agyemang is out of favour.

That leaves only Ryan Taylor, Craig Westcarr and youngster Conor Chaplin as striking options with Awford keen to add another when the loan market opens later this month.

However, he is confident that 30-year old Tubbs will be in the team for Saturday’s match at home to Exeter City. He told the Portsmouth News

 “Don’t worry, Matt is fine. I was just about to bring him off anyway when he got a little bit of a whack to the ankle. It’s a bang, not a twist, and it will just be a case of being fine for the weekend against Exeter.”

This news is good news to Portsmouth as they struggle for League Two survival.


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