, ‘Push for next week’ – John Mousinho shares update on Portsmouth return for Chelsea talent

‘Push for next week’ – John Mousinho shares update on Portsmouth return for Chelsea talent

Portsmouth are hoping to welcome Chelsea loanee Tino Anjorin back to training next week but they will manage his return carefully, John Mousinho has said.

Portsmouth recruited midfielder Anjorin on loan from Chelsea in the summer transfer window. It marked a fourth loan move away from Stamford Bridge after a stint in Russia with Lokomotiv Moscow and two spells with Championship side Huddersfield Town.

However, the 22-year-old’s game time has been restricted due to injury. A serious hamstring problem required surgery and has left Anjorin on the road to recovery since November, though there looks to be light at the end of the tunnel for the Poole-born talent.

As quoted by The News, Portsmouth boss Mousinho has confirmed Anjorin is nearing a return to contention.

The Chelsea loanee may make his return to training next week but given his injury record and the length of time out, they will be remaining patient with his recovery despite the ongoing midfield shortage at Fratton Park. He said:

“Hopefully he will be back for the final six weeks of the season.

“What we’re looking at with Tino at the moment is doing the final stages of his on-grass rehab with Chelsea, building up to a full training session before he comes here. Then he will get the sign off and come and train with us fully. I think we are going to be cautious with it, so that’s a realistic timescale.

“If we’re not happy with where we’re at by the time Tino comes back then we’ll take a bit longer with it.”

Mousinho later added:

“We’re possibly looking to push for next week (his return) and then we’ll see where we are off the back of that.”

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Remaining cautious

With Anjorin to be given a green light by Chelsea before making a return to Portsmouth, it seems both clubs are on the same page when it comes to his return to fitness. He’s been out for an extended spell and after surgery, the last thing they’ll want is a recurrence or re-injury.

Easing him back into training before bringing him into contention for League One appearances is certainly the smart move. Pompey could perhaps do with the added option in midfield, but prioritising his recovery will be beneficial for the player in the long run, and it increases his chances of being available for the full run-in.

Portsmouth are in a fantastic position in the promotion race despite their continued injury problems. They’re top of the League One table, seven points clear of the chasing pack amid blips for Derby County and Bolton Wanderers.

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