POMPEY skipper Tom Naylor is facing a fitness test ahead of Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup clash with Southampton.
The midfielder picked up both calf and thigh injuries in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Wycombe, with manager Kenny Jackett confirming he is only “50-50” for the south coast derby.
The game is the first between the two rivals for seven years and Portsmouth’s poor start to the season has intensified the pressure on both manager and players ahead of the contest.
Jackett faced the ire of the away fans at the end of the weekend game at Adams Park, and a much-improved performance is the least the Pompey faithful will expect when Saints visit.
The game itself is being labelled as “the largest ever police operation” in Hampshire with riot officers, police dogs, helicopters, horses and drones all being deployed.
Hampshire Constabulary said the police presence is aimed at stopping a “small minority ruining it for everyone”.
Assistant Chief Constable Scott Chilton said: “This derby is one of the most recognised fixtures in football and I know what it means to fans.
“This is the first time these two teams have played each other since 2012, so we want the fans to be able to enjoy this exciting fixture without worrying about their safety.
“We know the majority of fans want that too, but sadly there are a small minority of people who will try to ruin it for everyone else.
“That is why there is a significant policing operation around this match, so we can act quickly to stop any disruption.
“The scope of the planning operation has been vast, looking to ensure we are using our best tactics to stop any disorder, while seeking to minimise disruption to the lives of those not heading to the match.
“We will have specialist teams deployed at various locations who are highly trained to deal with whatever they are faced with and we’re using technology such as drones to give us a good view of what is happening.
“We have also been working closely with supporters’ groups, understanding what their concerns are and how the work we and the clubs are doing can help fans feel safer so they can enjoy this game.
“Our priority is public safety and our message is clear – any disorder will not be tolerated.
“We want this match to be remembered for what happens on the pitch, not off it. Be passionate, enjoy the game and do your club proud.”