With David James set for a spell on the sidelines The Pompey Site has confirmed that Asmir Begovic has been recalled.
This happens despite the fact that his loan with Ipswich was not due to end until mid-January and we still have Jamie Ashdown and Antti Niemi as 'back-up' keepers...
I would imagine that it 'almost certainly' means that Begovic will be in goal for the Manyoo game, right?
As much as I have nothing against Ashdown, I would really hope that this is the case as I could see Begovic being furious at being recalled from regular 1st team football just to sit on the bench again - and that 'could' lead to problems.
Then again I would imagine that Ashdown would not be best pleased should Begovic come back to the club and become the no.1 again instantly!
For me Ashdown is still suffering with his injury, and I think I would not be alone in thinking that his back is going to b a long-term thing. As mentioned earlier today you could visibly see from the stands at Stoke that he was not happy, and the sight of Niemi warming up only added further worries for me.
'Luckily' Stoke did not put Ashdown under too much pressure, but I think you can safely say that Manyoo will put us under a hell of a lot more, so Begovic needs to be pulling on the Pompey shirt this weekend.
I could not really say how he did at Ipswich, as I did not see him, but I do know they were unbeaten during his 6 games for them and he kept 2 clean sheets during this period.
PLAY UP POMPEY!