Portsmouth’s on loan striker Conor Wilkinson has picked up an injury whilst away on international duty with the Republic of Ireland Under-21 side. According to The News, the forward, who is on loan from Championship strugglers Bolton Wanderers, was substituted in their Euro 2017 clash with Slovenia on Monday.

The Under-21 side, who are managed by Noel King, suffered defeat in their qualification encounter but it is Portsmouth who could pay the price as well as the condition recent signing Wilkinson is unclear.

The 21-year-old only just completed a temporary move to Fratton Park last week but it remains to be seen if he will get the opportunity to play much of a part in what is hoped to be a successful play-off campaign.

Pompey boss Paul Cook has only recently been saying about how he is looking forward to unleashing their new striker on League Two. Cook revealed that it was a loan spell at Oldham Athletic last season where he really began to take notice of the international youngster,

“We watched him at Oldham last year and it looked like he would go on and be a really top player.

“For whatever reason he hasn’t done that so certainly having a look at him over a period of games will be as interesting for us, as it will be for Conor.

“I’ve followed him for quite a bit, he has been on quite a lot of managers’ lists.

“He has a lot of talent but has to fulfil it eventually. That’s the thing about talent, you cannot keep speaking about potential.”

This weekend Portsmouth welcome Carlisle United to Fratton Park, but it remains to be seen if Wilkinson will be involved in the matchday squad.


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