Portsmouth should have goalkeeper Josh Oluwayemi available for selection against Sheffield Wednesday following a bout of illness, John Mousinho has said.
Portsmouth’s back-up ‘keeper Oluwayemi was absent for the 1-0 victory over Cambridge United at the weekend and was absent from the playing squad again as Pompey fell to a 3-1 loss against Barnsley on Tuesday night.
Youngster Toby Steward served as Matt Macey’s deputy on the night as Mousinho’s side saw their five-game unbeaten streak halted. Two goals in quick succession sent Pompey into the break 2-0 down and while Colby Bishop pulled one back after the restart, Devante Cole’s strike on the hour-mark secured all three points for the hosts.
Now though, post-game, Mousinho has offered an update on deputy ‘keeper Oluwayemi.
As quoted by Andrew Moon, the Portsmouth boss confirmed the ex-Spurs youngster missed the game through illness but should be fine to return to contention against Sheffield Wednesday this weekend.
Josh Oluwayemi missed tonight due to illness but should be back for the weekend #Pompey
— Andrew Moon (@mrandrewmoon) March 7, 2023
Bidding to make an impression…
Oluwayemi had a spell in the side after Josh Griffiths’ recall and when Matt Macey was absent for a short stint in February, and after his own brief time out of the team, he will hoping he’s fit and ready should another chance come to impress.
It’s a hard life for goalkeepers patiently waiting for a chance to impress, and with Oluwayemi’s deal up at the end of the season, he’ll be hoping he’s done enough in this short time under Mousinho to prove he’s deserving of an extended stay at Fratton Park.
In eight appearances for Pompey, Oluwayemi has kept four clean sheets in eight games. At only 21, much of his game time to date has been in youth football and he could certainly benefit from more first-team action. It remains to be seen if that comes with Pompey or if he has to head elsewhere temporarily or permanently to get his chance.