Striker interviewed in Hartlepool programme
It is the time of year when the shops are packed with people frantically buying presents for friends and family.
But at the top of Jayden Stockley’s Christmas wish-list is something that you will not find online or in a department store.
What the on-loan striker really wants is to get his chance back in the Pompey side after more than two months out with an ankle injury.
Stockley returned as a late substitute in last week’s FA Cup victory over Accrington and is hungry to build on that.
“It was good to get back out on the pitch again,” he says in the award-winning official matchday magazine for today’s clash with Hartlepool. “But I think it was quite noticeable that I was some way off the pace.
“I’m getting as much training under my belt as I can to raise my fitness levels because I don’t want to return and not be able to contribute to the team.
“I want to be firing on all cylinders and that might take a couple of weeks, although I know that I need to be at my best as quickly as possible.
“Having to watch the lads playing games is so annoying – no footballer is a good spectator. You want to be supporting them and helping to collect points.”
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