Bakayoko Ruled Out Of Pompey Trip

Wanderers will be without frontman Amadou Bakayoko for Saturday’s trip to Portsmouth.

Bakayoko picked up an ankle injury after coming off the bench to help inspire a second-half fightback against Gillingham last weekend.

That rules him out of the trip to Fratton Park but boss Ian Evatt doesn’t expect another lengthy lay-off for the pacy striker, who was sidelined for a six-week spell earlier in the season.

“It’s not too serious but he needs some more time,” confirmed Evatt.

“He didn’t quite make it with the fitness test today so we’ll give him some more time and hopefully have him back for next Sunday.”

Wanderers have avoided a further forward blow with Eoin Doyle expected to shrug off a bout of illness to play at Pompey.

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Central defender George Johnston has also been given the all-clear to continue after a knock to the knee forced him to be replaced in the 2-2 draw against the Gills.

Gethin Jones, meanwhile, is no longer having to wear a protective boot ahead of a further trip today (Thursday) to see a specialist regarding his fractured fibula. 

And Evatt hopes a change of fortune on the injury front won’t be too far away after missing a number of bodies so far this season.

“We’ve had a really challenging couple of months fixtures-wise and I think throw into the mix the injuries we’ve had as well I think we’ve had a bit of a rough ride,” added Evatt, whose side ended a three-game losing run with their eye-catching comeback last Saturday.

“But I feel, similar to last season, we’ll bear the fruits of that in the second half of the season.

“It’s the same for every team over the course of a season. It’s a long season and hopefully we are getting our injuries out of the way now and we’ll be prepared to have a good run at it in the second half of the season.

“For now, it’s about getting back on that winning trail and getting three points on Saturday.”

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