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Jackett: The Build-Up Continues

Pompey visit Swindon in latest friendly fixture

20 July 2018

Kenny Jackett
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

The clock is ticking down to the start of the new League One season.

But Kenny Jackett still has a few friendly fixtures remaining to hone his squad ahead of Luton’s visit to Fratton Park on August 4.

A trip to Swindon is next up this weekend and is Pompey’s first visit to the County Ground since suffering a 5-0 New Year’s Day defeat in 2013.

Jackett will be looking for a better performance this time around, although illness and injury will deprive him the services of Dion Donohue and Ben Close.

The Blues boss said: “We have three first team friendlies remaining – against Swindon, then behind-closed-doors at Brighton on Tuesday and then Utrecht at Fratton Park the following Saturday.

"We’ll be giving all of our squad minutes on the pitch during that period as we build up to that Luton match."

Kenny Jackett

“I’m looking forward to all three games and we’ll be aiming to perform as well as possible in each of them.

“We’ll be giving all of our squad minutes on the pitch during that period as we build up to that Luton match.

“If we were going to Swindon in the early rounds of the cup then we know it would be a tough game – and this will be no different.

“Ben certainly won’t be fit for Saturday, but we do hope that he’ll be back in full training on Monday.

“It does look like Dion’s had glandular fever, which has left him very weak at times. He does some fitness work or training and then feels wiped out.

“That’s something that’s obviously been looked into, but it’s difficult for me to put a timescale on his recovery.”

Anton Walkes became the sixth signing of the summer earlier in the week and Jackett has not ruled out further activity.

He said: “I don’t think there will be major changes between now and the end of the transfer window, but if we can add one or two quality players then we will do.”


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