Portsmouth V Newport County at Fratton Park : Match Preview

24 March 2017
Portsmouth V Newport County - view commentary, squad, and statistics of the game live.

Portsmouth without banned Burgess for Newport visit

Portsmouth will be without defender Christian Burgess for their Sky Bet League Two clash against Newport because of suspension.

Burgess, who has played in every league game for promotion-chasing Pompey this season, will serve a one-match ban after being sent off for two bookings during last weekend's 3-0 defeat at Stevenage.

Kyle Bennett (ankle) and Kal Naismith (hamstring) remain injury doubts after missing their last game.

Boss Paul Cook could start Nicke Kabamba after the forward came on to make his first appearance for the club last weekend.

Newport have more suspension problems as they seek to close the six-point gap to safety.

Mark O'Brien became the fifth Newport player to be sent off this season in Tuesday's 1-1 draw against Luton and the defender serves a one-match ban.

Midfielder Mitch Rose completes the final game of a five-match suspension handed out for his reaction to being sent off at Cambridge last month.

Jamie Turley, Lenell John-Lewis and Ben Tozer remain on the casualty list, but Exiles boss Michael Flynn expects the rest of his squad to be fit.