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Evans: I'm Chomping At The Bit

Midfielder eager for Blues return

26 January 2018

Pompey midfielder Gareth Evans

He has missed the past four matches with a hamstring injury.

So Gareth Evans cannot wait to get back on the pitch and try to reinvigorate Pompey’s play-off quest.

The Blues have not won a match since their vice-captain has been on the sidelines, collecting just a single League One point and exiting the Checkatrade Trophy.

And Evans hopes they can recapture the winning feeling when high-flying Shrewsbury visit Fratton Park on Saturday.

He said: “I trained for half of last week and all of this one, so I’m feeling good and ready to go.

“It was gutting to miss the past few games because I pride myself on being available for selection whenever I’m needed.

"It’s not easy just watching from the sidelines, especially when the side aren’t winning."

Gareth Evans

“So it was frustrating to pick up a soft tissue injury and now I’m chomping at the bit to get back playing again.

“It’s not easy just watching from the sidelines, especially when the side aren’t winning – although I’m not suggesting that’s down to my absence!

“We’ve had a run of tough fixtures and hopefully we can return to winning ways against Shrewsbury on Saturday.

“I think we’re still in a good position and if you’d offered us a top 10 place at this stage of the season back in the summer, we probably would have taken it.

“We’ll just take it game by game, stay professional and organised, and work hard to get the results we want.”

Pompey face a Shrews side who are only sitting outside the automatic promotion places on goal difference.

Evans said: “They have gone about their business very well and the table doesn’t lie. They’re up there for a reason.

“It’s going to be a very good test for us, but our home form has been good all season and we want to carry that on.”

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