Stone can stay

Stone has stated he would welcome the chance to extend his stay with Pompey when his current deal comes to an end next week.

Taylor told Villa's official website: “As far as I’m aware it’ll be up to Portsmouth when his loan period ends.

“The thing with Steve, like everybody else in this financial climate, there are a number of players who can’t get their careers going.

“So when players do get an opportunity, we’d like to help them. It’s as simple as that.”

Stone missed last weekend's 3-0 victory over Stoke with a hamstring injury but it is not serious and he should be available for Pompey's trip to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.