Utaka doubtful for Eagles cup clash

Portsmouth will check on John Utaka ahead of their Carling Cup second-round clash with Crystal Palace at Fratton Park on Tuesday night.

Last Updated: 23/08/10 at 12:44

Utaka: Injury worry

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The Nigerian forward missed Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Preston after aggravating a hamstring problem against Reading the previous weekend.

If Utaka is ruled out, David Nugent will continue as the lone striker while boss Steve Cotterill will once again be able to name just four substitutes.

Hayden Mullins will carry on playing through the pain of a knee injury as a makeshift right-back.

Hermann Hreidarsson (Achilles), Danny Webber, Tom Kilbey (both knee) and Billy Goddard (shin) are still on the casualty list while veteran striker Kanu remains unavailable until his contract dispute with the club is resolved.

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