Pompey boss keen to avoid Gills postponement

KENNY JACKETT has insisted he is determined not to postpone the game against Gillingham at Fratton Park on October 12, despite his squad being hit by international call-ups.

Craig MacGillivray, Ronan Curtis and Ross McCrorie will all be absent, with Ryan Williams facing a possible call-up by Australia.

The loss of goalkeeper MacGillivray would appear to be the biggest blow, but the Pompey boss is more concerned about playing catch-up on their League One opponents.

The indifferent start to the season may have something to do with Jackett’s mindset, and he is keen not to see his charges fall further behind their rivals.

Speaking about the possible postponement of the Gillingham game, Jackett said: “I’m going to play the game if at all possible because we don’t want to go 14 days between league matches.

“We congratulate Craig, Ronan and Ross on their call-ups and we’ll have to see whether Ryan Williams is also away, with the Australia squad announced tomorrow (Friday).

“That might have an impact and we’ll also assess the injury situation, so we’ll make a decision on Saturday night or first thing on Sunday.”

Portsmouth are at Doncaster Rovers this weekend, with Jackett hopeful they can build on last Saturday’s 1-0 success over Bolton, only their second league win of the season.