Portsmouth get their season underway tomorrow with the visit of Carlisle United to Fratton Park.
Yesterday’s signings Adam Buxton and Noel Hunt are available to Paul Cook to make their debut in the opener, whilst Carlisle have today signed goalkeeper Max Crocombe from Oxford United, and could start in-between the sticks for the visitors.
Gareth Evans is unlikely to start for Pompey as he recovers from injury, but Jack Whatmough and Adam Barton have been given the all-clear for a start if called upon by Cookie.
Matt Clarke, Brandon Haunstrup and Ben Close all remain sidelined through injury.
Pompey’s opponents on Saturday finished 10th last season, 11 points below Pompey, and just eight points from the play-offs, and having added new recruits during the summer, will be a tough opener for Cookie and his squad.
In 39 meetings between the two sides, Pompey have been victorious on 16 occasions, undefeated in the last five meetings, and have only lost once to Carlisle since 1984.
A few PFC SWSC members will be heading down to Fratton Park for the fixture, so get in touch or keep posted on the Facebook page for any pub meeting details.
Play Up Pompey!