Portsmouth manager Kenny Jackett has told out of favour midfielder Carl Baker that he still has a future at Fratton Park according to The Portsmouth News.

The 34-year-old Prescot born midfielder was dropped from the matchday squad for Pompey’s Sky Bet League One fixture with Walsall on Saturday and Baker is thought to have been bitterly disappointed with his omission.

Portsmouth manager Jackett was said to be ready to hold showdown talks with Baker to discuss his future at Fratton Park. Those talks are now believed to have taken place and the Pompey boss is understood to have reassured the player that he still figures in his plans.

News that Baker’s days as a Portsmouth player are not yet over will come as a blow to the player’s former club Coventry City who had been linked with a move for the midfielder. The player was something of a fans’ favourite during his time at The Ricoh Arena after making 182 appearances for The Sky Blues, scoring 28 goals.

Baker is in the second year of his two-year deal with Portsmouth. The player helped Pompey to promotion from Sky Bet League Two last season while he made 46 appearances in all competitions, scoring nine goals. The midfielder has already featured for the club four times this season prior to being dropped.

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