The manager of Portsmouth, John Mousinho, believes that Ronan Curtis is destined for “success” even as he approaches his departure from Fratton Park. Curtis, an Irish international, suffered an ACL injury to his left knee against Bolton in February and has been diligently working on his recovery ever since. He declined a contract extension over the summer and is set to leave Fratton Park at the end of the year, once he completes his rehabilitation.
While Mousinho would have preferred to retain the long-serving winger, he acknowledges that Curtis’s playing career with Portsmouth has evolved. With Curtis making positive strides in his recovery, Mousinho anticipates him thriving in a new environment.
Mousinho stated, “Wherever Ronan goes, he will be successful, I am sure of that. It’s a tough recovery from an ACL injury, and he’s putting the hard work in.” Despite their desire to keep him at the club this year, Mousinho emphasizes Curtis’s value and the impact he could have had in League One.
Curtis has played a significant role in the club’s history since arriving from Ireland in 2018 and is highly regarded, whether or not he remains a Portsmouth player. The club is supporting his rehabilitation by allowing him to complete it at the club’s facilities.
Mousinho mentioned that Curtis has been on the field since September, but an ACL injury recovery can be a gradual process, and he is still a few weeks away from full fitness.
Curtis made 226 appearances for Portsmouth and scored 57 goals since joining from Derry in 2018. His impressive performance has previously attracted interest from Championship clubs like Blackburn, Cardiff, and Bristol City. However, he is now a free agent.
Mousinho noted that the specifics of Curtis’s departure and his next steps will be determined in conversation with the physiotherapy team. It’s primarily a medical decision and doesn’t directly involve him.