English League One

  • Sky Bet League 1
  • 26 Dec 2012
  • KO 15:00
  • Ground: Fratton Park
Home team Score Away team

Portsmouth

1-2

Crawley Town

Paul Benson 11
Nicky Adams 28
Billy Clarke 73

Portsmouth v Crawley preview

Sunday 23rd December 2012 13:07

Claude Davis: Fitness race for Crawley

Claude Davis: Fitness race for Crawley

Team news ahead of the Boxing Day clash between Portsmouth and Crawley at Fratton Park.

Portsmouth are without Jake Jervis after he returned to Birmingham.

The Blues have a plethora of injury problems and recalled the 21-year-old forward to boost numbers ahead of their trip to Barnsley.

Jervis should be replaced by Paul Benson in the starting line-up. The striker missed the goalless draw against Preston and was expected to return at the weekend but the match at Hartlepool was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

With Benson fit, caretaker boss Guy Whittingham has a fully-fit squad to choose from as Pompey look to end their run of 10 matches without a win.

The Fratton Park club are currently in the relegation zone and have a 10-point deduction looming.

Crawley are assessing the fitness of Claude Davis.

The defender was left on the bench for Saturday's 2-0 defeat against Sheffield United after sustaining a knee injury against Stevenage.

The 33-year-old will have to prove his fitness ahead of the game, with Joe Walsh ready to fill in once more if Davis is not cleared to start.

Fellow defender Kyle McFadzean is not expected to return until the start of January due to an illness.

Billy Clarke could return to the line-up after coming though 23 minutes unscathed on his return from a hamstring problem.

Midfielder Shaun Cooper remains sidelined with the groin injury that has kept him out of action since September.