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Match Preview – Portsmth vs Scunthorpe

Last Updated: 15/03/19 10:28am

Portsmouth midfielder Ronan Curtis will miss his side’s Sky Bet League One game with Scunthorpe after suffering a freak injury before Tuesday’s win at Walsall.

Curtis trapped his finger in a door and did not travel to the game, which Pompey won 3-2. The Republic of Ireland international has undergone surgery and will see a specialist on Friday to determine how long he could be out.

Striker James Vaughan is a doubt for Saturday due to a back injury while Pompey boss Kenny Jackett believes midfielder Andy Cannon and defender Bryn Morris are around a fortnight away from returning.

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Scunthorpe boss Stuart McCall will be without midfielder Levi Sutton for the trip to Fratton Park. Sutton suffered a groin injury in the midweek win over Southend and was substituted at the interval.

Goalkeeper Jak Alnwick has been ill this week but is expected to be fit enough to play. On-loan defender Cameron Borthwick-Jackson has returned to Glanford Park as he steps up his recovery from cartilage damage and is set to join in with full training on Monday.

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Highlights of the Sky Bet League One match between Walsall and Portsmouth.

Highlights of the Sky Bet League One match between Walsall and Portsmouth.

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Portsmouth ended a five-game winless league run against Scunthorpe by winning the reverse fixture in November – they’ve never won successive league games against the Iron.

Portsmouth have lost just one of their last seven games in all competitions versus Scunthorpe at Fratton Park (W4 D2), a 2-1 defeat in November 2013.

Portsmouth have only lost one of their last nine games at Fratton Park in all competitions (W4 D4) and are unbeaten in six (W2 D4) since losing 0-1 to Blackpool in January.

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Highlights of the Sky Bet League One clash between Scunthorpe and Southend.

Highlights of the Sky Bet League One clash between Scunthorpe and Southend.

Scunthorpe have lost their last three away league games, last losing four in a row in April 2017.

No club has scored more goals in the opening 15 minutes of League One games this season than Scunthorpe (11, level with Charlton Athletic), however Portsmouth have only conceded one goal in this time period, a league-low.

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