Portsmouth head coach Danny Cowley admits midfielder Ryan Tunnicliffe is closing in on a return to the beginning 11 after an encouraging restoration from a hamstring damage.
Tunnicliffe had began 14 of the opening 15 matches of the Blues’ League One season earlier than sustaining a hamstring damage in the course of the win over Bolton Wanderers on the finish of February.
The former Manchester United academy product was sidelined till the beginning of the January, earlier than an additional setback after a substitute look towards Cambridge United sidelined him for the remainder of the month.
Tunnicliffe, who joined on a free switch in the summertime, has come off the bench instead of Louis Thompson in every of the final two matches and is now near a begin.
Cowley is inspired by his present progress and that of captain Clark Robertson, who missed 4 months with a hip damage between September and January.
“He [Tunnicliffe] is getting nearer to match health, which is nice,” Cowley told HampshireLive.
“He has been concerned previously two video games and everyone knows what an essential participant he may be for us – the power and energy he can convey to our midfield.
“We’re working laborious, together with Clark Robertson and anybody who’s had a long run damage, it all the time takes time to get to their greatest efficiency.
“They’re each making good strides in the direction of their full health.”
Tunnicliffe’s restoration comes at a time the place the Blues have been struggling for numbers in midfield.
Louis Thompson has been the one pure central midfielder lately obtainable, resulting in Michael Jacobs and Ronan Curtis taking part in makeshift roles there within the win over Burton Albion.
Joe Morrell is at the moment suspended, whereas Shaun Williams is ready to overlook most or the entire season after a double vertebrae fracture in his backbone.