Portsmouth manager Paul Cook has confirmed to Portsmouth News that midfielder Danny Hollands has suffered a broken leg. He sustained the injury in last weekend’s FA Cup draw with Championship side Ipswich Town and will be out of action for up to two months.

After playing his part in a strong challenge on the Portman Road pitch, Hollands came out worse and has since been ruled out for six to eight weeks with a small hairline fracture of the fibula. It is a big blow for Pompey as Hollands has been an impressive and frequent performer at the heart of the midfield for the Fratton Park club.

Former Chesterfield boss Cook accepts that he will be a big miss and praised him for his record form,

“It’s a big disappointment for us and Danny as he’s been in excellent form lately.

We’ve been told he will be out for six to eight weeks.”

Cook expanded with the BBC that Hollands is ‘absolutely devastated’ and that he had been one of their ‘stand-out performers in the last month’, however it opens the door for someone else to get a run in the side,

“We’re really disappointed to lose Danny. But his absence hands an opportunity to someone else in the squad to perform.”

Hollands has featured 23 times for Portsmouth this season and with the club currently sitting in fourth spot in League Two, he’ll be hoping to return to a side that is in fact inside the automatic promotion places. They are four points behind third-placed Oxford United.

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