A groin injury suffered against Plymouth last month halted his run in the Pompey side.
But Anton Walkes certainly has no complaints about having to wait for his chance to return to the Blues line-up.
The versatile summer signing is expected to feature when they visit Crawley in the Checkatrade Trophy this evening.
And with Pompey currently sitting at the League One summit, Walkes knew he would have to remain patient.
He said: “I wouldn’t say it’s been frustrating for me – it’s just one of those things when you get an injury.
“The important thing for me was just getting back to full fitness and working as hard as I could in training.
"There is competition in the squad and that’s what you want in a great team. We’ll need that if we’re going to get where we want to."
“It’s a long season and we’re flying in the table at the moment, so I’ve just enjoyed being part of this journey.
“There is competition in the squad and that’s what you want in a great team. We’ll need that if we’re going to get where we want to.
“We’ve made a few good additions over the summer and the gaffer knows what he’s doing, as he’s shown so far.”
Pompey will look to secure a second victory in the Checkatrade Trophy group stage when they face a Crawley outfit that have been performing well in League Two.
Walkes said: “We’ve heard a lot of things about them and I know they’re a talented side with a smart manager.
“They got a positive result in the league at the weekend I’m sure it’s going to be another good match.
“But it will be a great opportunity for some of our lads to get some game time and hopefully leave an impression.
“The result didn’t work out for us at the weekend, but we want to maintain our standards and keep supporting each other.”