Pompey Boss issues worrying injury news as seven out and one doubt  ahead of Reading’s clash…

The latest injury and team updates ahead of the EFL League One showdown between Reading and Pompey at the Select Car Leasing Stadium.

Pompey’s Team News:

John Mousinho has alleviated concerns about Christian Saydee’s fitness for Saturday’s match. Saydee left the field before the one-hour mark in the game against Cambridge United, but he participated in Thursday’s training session and should be available for selection.

Mousinho stated, ‘It seems like he’s experiencing some discomfort, although it’s not exactly cramping, so it’s a bit unusual. We’re addressing this issue with Chris.’

In some more positive news, Gavin Whyte and Sean Raggett are both back in contention. They missed the Tuesday match due to illness but are now options for Mousinho to consider for the squad.

However, the unfortunate news is that Connor Ogilvie’s ankle injury will sideline him for six to eight weeks. He was forced to leave the field after only 10 minutes in his first game back from a groin issue but will now be out for up to two months.

Connor Ogilvie is expected to be sidelined for up to eight weeks after damaging ankle ligaments. Picture: Jason Brown/ProSportsImages

Anthony Scully, club captain Marlon Pack, and Tom Lowery are all unavailable due to long-term injuries. Lowery has recently engaged in modified training and may return to full training before next week’s FA Cup game. Winger Scully, on the other hand, underwent surgery for a meniscus tear and will be out for the rest of the year. Marlon Pack damaged his ankle ligaments but is a few weeks away from returning.

Reading’s Team News:

Mamadi Camara made a comeback to the Royals’ starting lineup after being sidelined for two months. He played in the loss to Fleetwood Town, alongside Charlie Savage, who received his first start. Ovie Ejaria is still in the recovery process from his injury.

Reading’s first-team manager, Ruben Selles, mentioned, ‘He’s working with the physios, and once they give the green light, he’ll join the Under-21s before returning to our squad.’

Goalkeeper Coniah Boyce-Clarke, who was seen with a protective boot and crutches ten days ago, won’t be featuring. He sustained an injury in the warm-up during an EFL Trophy tie against Swindon Town and was replaced by David Button.

Amadou Mbengue has been sidelined with a knee injury since mid-September. Centre-back Tom McIntyre hasn’t played since the end of September and has missed the last four league games. Former Manchester United goalkeeper Joel Pereira has made only two league appearances this season and was among the substitutes on Tuesday after missing the last six league games.”

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