Portsmouth look set to be without Brett Pitman again when they host Lincoln on Tuesday.
Boss Kenny Jackett said the striker, who missed Saturday’s 1-0 loss at AFC Wimbledon due to a groin strain, is “close” to a return but added: “I don’t think he’ll make either Tuesday or Saturday (at Bristol Rovers).”
Definitely still out are Oli Hawkins (foot), Bryn Morris (groin) and Jack Whatmough (knee).
Pompey are currently a point above the Sky Bet League One relegation zone in 18th place.
Lincoln defender Cian Bolger misses out as he begins a suspension.
Bolger starts a three-match ban following his straight red card in the 0-0 draw against Shrewsbury on Friday night.
Michael Bostwick, who has not been involved since coming off with a muscular injury against Bristol Rovers on September 14, remains unavailable.
Since Michael Appleton – a former Portsmouth boss – took charge at 12th-placed Lincoln last month, the team have won one, drawn one and lost two league matches.