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Emergency Ward Fratton

Gallen provides a positive diagnosis on Pompey's injured players

2 March 2019

It was like a scene from Platoon at Fratton Park, with players falling to the turf and hobbling out of the action.

Oli Hawkins was first to be substituted through injury, while a clash of heads between Nathan Thompson and Matt Clarke saw the defensive duo follow him down the tunnel.

And with Ronan Curtis limping off in stoppage-time, the Blues finished their match against Bradford with 10 men.

Not that it had any bearing on the result, with the hosts romping to a 5-1 victory and Joe Gallen had some good news about the wounded.

Pompey’s assistant manager said: “Oli had a cut on his foot, which was bleeding at the time and he had to come off.

“Thankfully that’s stopped now and I don’t think it will require any stitches, so hopefully he’ll be okay.

"We know we have to go on a run and that’s something we’re certainly capable of, so hopefully this is the start."

Joe Gallen

“Matt said afterwards that he’s fine, but he’s just got a really nasty cut to his forehead and the bridge of his nose.

“Nathan’s slightly different. He’s not concussed, although there’s some damage to his teeth and so he’ll be going to the hospital for some repair work.

“Ronan got a bad kick down the side of his shin, going down to his ankle – maybe he was just looking for a clap!

“It looks like all of them will be available next week for what promises to be a very big game at Charlton.”

Bryn Morris was absent from the squad to face the Bantams, but Gallen confirmed that the midfielder will soon back in action.

He said: “Bryn came here from Shrewsbury and is from the north-east, so there’s been a lot of travelling as he moves house.

“There’s been plenty of going up and down in the car and he’s ended up with a very slight groin injury. It’s very minimal."

One man who was expected to miss out was Christian Burgess, but the defender shook off an ankle problem to start in defence.

Gallen explained: “He’s recovered well. It did look on Thursday that he wouldn’t be available, but by Friday he was out there and running around.

“We were happy about that because he’s played very well since he’s been back in the team and produced another good performance.”

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