The past two international weekends this season have seen Pompey – metaphorically at least – put their feet up.
But with just a couple of call-ups this time around, Saturday’s game at Wycombe (3pm kick-off) is going ahead at scheduled.
The visitors will be trying to extend their unbeaten run to six games, with unlikely progress in the Papa John’s Trophy a few nights ago providing an added boost of confidence.
Now they face a Chairboys outfit who are sitting fourth in the League One standings and just three points off top spot.
Gareth Ainsworth’s men are looking to bounce straight back after being relegated from the Championship last term.
And they have a decent record on their own patch, winning six out of seven games – the only blip being a 4-1 defeat to Ipswich at the start of the month.
They were, however, thrashed 5-0 by Burton in the Papa John’s Trophy earlier in the week, although that was a very young Wanderers line-up.
Goals from Ben Close and Ronan Curtis saw Pompey triumph 2-0 in the most recent meeting between the sides on Boxing Day in 2019.
But a late Adebayo Akinfenwa penalty was enough to secure Wycombe the points at Adams Park earlier that season, in a contest that saw both sides reduced to 10 men.
Pompey will be without Gavin Bazunu and Joe Morrell, who are away on international duty with Republic of Ireland and Wales respectively.
Skipper Clark Robertson is still sidelined with a hip problem, while Ellis Harrison (ankle), Jayden Reid (knee) and Ryan Tunnicliffe (hamstring) are also injured.
Wycombe trio Tjay De Barr (Gibraltar), Daryl Horgan (Republic of Ireland) and Sullay Kaikai (Sierra Leone) are all away with their countries.
Garath McCleary – who tops the Chairboys’ scoring charts with five goals – is a doubt with a shoulder problem.
HEAD TO HEAD
Pompey: 5 wins
Wycombe: 4 wins
At Adams Park
Pompey: 2 wins
Wycombe: 2 wins
Referee: Tom Nield
Assistants: Geoffrey Russell and Anthony Da Costa
Fourth Official: Sam Purkiss
Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary from Andrew Moon and Guy Whittingham by signing into their account and visiting the match centre from around 2.45pm on Saturday.
Overseas subscribers and match pass holders can watch the action and commentary will begin from around 10 minutes before kick-off.
There will be post-match reaction on the website and our official YouTube channel, with highlights to follow on Sunday.
ALSO IN LEAGUE ONE
Games kick-off at 3pm unless stated
Bolton v Crewe (8pm)
Accrington v Plymouth
Burton v Charlton
Ipswich v Oxford
MK Dons v Cambridge
Sheffield Wednesday v Gillingham