Kenny Jackett has to make two enforced changes for Pompey’s New Year’s Day clash at Bristol Rovers.
Danny Rose and Gareth Evans both limped off injured during Saturday’s home win over Northampton.
Adam May comes into the centre of midfield, while Jamal Lowe returns to the starting line-up wide on the right.
Theo Widdrington has been recalled from a spell on loan at Havant & Waterlooville and is named on the bench along with academy players Matt Casey and Dan Smith.
Pompey: McGee; Thompson, Burgess, Clarke, Donohue; Close, May; Lowe, Pitman (c), Kennedy; Hawkins
Subs: Bass, Casey, Widdrington, Smith, Bennett, Chaplin, Main