Portsmouth, Portsmouth await extent of Roberts injury

Portsmouth await extent of Roberts injury

Portsmouth continued their good start to the season with a 3-1 victory over fellow League Two side Barnet, on Saturday, but are still assessing Gary Roberts’s ankle injury, according to The Portsmouth News.

The damp squib on their victory at Fratton Park was a hefty challenge on the influential midfielder. Having been forced off at half time, Roberts is under the watchful eye of the League Two side’s medical team.

Assistant manager, Leam Richardson, is hopeful the injury will not be too serious. He said: “Gary will dust himself down, he won’t want to be out for a long time. He rolled his ankle, but he wants to be on the pitch playing, so we will see what happens.”

The Pompey play maker has played every match this season and has scored three goals as the League Two promotion favourites look to put more pressure on the top two.

Currently occupying the last automatic promotion place, Pompey face a tough away trip to Oxford next. The medical staff are set to evaluate this week as to the magnitude of the injury ahead of Saturday’s match.

Of the incident, Richardson said: “It was a tackle on Gary over on the far side early into the match and initially it looked a bad tackle, a bad challenge. Whether the referee missed it or not I am not sure.”

However, the challenge occurred in the early stages of the game and Roberts played the full first half but was unable to continue and is looking to avoid a lengthy spell on the side-lines.

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