Final injury boost for Pompey

Portsmouth are keeping their fingers crossed that four key players will recover from injury in time for next month's FA Cup Final.

Pompey face Chelsea at Wembley on May 15 with their already wafer-thin squad further weakened by a series of injury concerns.

Jamie O'Hara (back), Nadir Belhadj (hamstring), Steve Finnan (calf) and Kevin-Prince Boateng all missed last weekend's 2-2 Premier League draw with Bolton.

However, the club's medical staff are hoping that all four will be fit in time for the Pompey's second cup final appearance in the space of three seasons.

"It's a big plus to have Steve back. His experience and know-how adds a lot to the back four," first-team coach Paul Groves told the club's official website.

"Kevin was going to play against Bolton but he had an area that was a bit tight. If you lose someone now with a strain they're going to be ruled out for the final, so we don't want to take any risks.

"Jamie's making progress but it's a slow process and we look at it day-by-day.

"Hopefully there will be no setbacks and all being well he'll look to come back soon – possibly at the back end of this week or next week.

"Nadir's another one that's making progress. We've got to be careful with his hamstring injury because he broke down at the eleventh hour before the semi-final.

"In the past he's had very few injuries. He's extremely fit, so as long as his hamstring is repaired then there's no reason why he can't play."

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