, ‘Frustrating’ – Portsmouth summer signing hit with new setback after training injury

‘Frustrating’ – Portsmouth summer signing hit with new setback after training injury

Portsmouth winger Anthony Scully has seen his scheduled return pushed back after picking up an ankle knock in training, John Mousinho has shared.

Portsmouth signed Irish forward Scully from Wigan Athletic in the summer. He’d endured a tough time with the Latics after a starring stint with Lincoln City but his time at Fratton Park hasn’t been smooth sailing either.

He had to undergo knee surgery in August before suffering a new blow earlier this year. As a result, Scully has played just six minutes of League One football in 2024 and hasn’t been involved in a matchday squad since January 27th.

The 26-year-old had been targeting a return in the coming weeks but speaking with The News, Pompey boss Mousinho has confirmed a new setback for the winger.

Mousinho confirms Scully has taken a hit to his ankle in training and while it is nothing major, he has had to sit out of training. He said:

“Anthony took a knock on the ankle last week, nothing major.

“It’s a very minor knock and obviously a bit of a frustrating one because he’s had difficulties this year with his injuries, but nothing too bad. It’s a knock to the ankle, contact in training. He is now back on the grass and we expect him to return to full training next week.”

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While only a minor knock, it’s a frustrating setback all the same for Portsmouth and Scully. Hopefully, further blows can be avoided once he returns to full training.

The former West Ham man has had a tough first season at Fratton Park but once fit, the hope will be he can have a part to play in the bid for a Championship return. Scully starred at this level while with Lincoln, managing 37 goals and 19 assists for the Imps and ultimately earning a move to the second-tier.

A fit Scully will be real competition for the starting spots out wide but with the end of the season nearing, time is running out for him to break into Mousinho’s XI.

Portsmouth will be looking to continue their impressive form in a tough game against promotion hopefuls Peterborough United this weekend. Pompey sit top of the League One table and five points clear of Bolton Wanderers, though a Posh win would move them within six points of the leaders with a game in hand to play.

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