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Fri, 26 Apr 2013 12:39:00

Jeffrey Bruma is looking forward to a return to Chelsea after two seasons on loan at Hamburg.

The German club have decided not to sign Bruma permanently, so the defender will return to Chelsea for the final year of his contract.

The Netherlands international will be hoping to prove his worth at Stamford Bridge after failing to make regular first-team appearances for Hamburg.

"(Hamburg general manager) Frank Arnesen told me that the club will not be buying me, and I will not be staying on at HSV," Bruma told Hamburger Morgenpost.

"Now I am looking forward to a return to London and to Chelsea."

The 21-year-old, who signed for Chelsea's youth team in 2005, made several appearances for the Premier League side from 2009 to 2011 and he credits his time out on loan as a learning experience.

He added: "I feel those two years on loan have still been good for me as a player, despite playing less than expected recently."

Shrewsbury duo Darren Jones and Jermaine Grandison will definitely miss out.

Jones, who underwent surgery on a dislocated shoulder last weekend, is expected to return to fitness in three months, while Grandison is set to see a specialist to determine whether he needs surgery on his hip.

Mark Wright, who has been sidelined with a hip injury, is expected to miss out again despite being close to a return.

Defender Joe Jacobson scored a rare goal in Tuesday's 1-0 victory over Oldham and is expected to keep his place in the side.

Midfielder Matt Richards and defender James Hurst are pushing for starts.

Portsmouth will check on Ricardo Rocha.

The Portuguese defender has missed Pompey's last two matches with a hamstring niggle.

Rocha is unlikely to be risked unless he is 100 per cent fit so boss Guy Whittingham could stick with the side which thumped Sheffield United 3-0 last weekend, meaning Sam Sodje keeps his place at centre-half.

Young midfielder Nick Awford made his debut as a late substitute against the Blades and will be hoping to be involved again.

Teenage winger Jed Wallace could be playing his last game for the club having been linked with a summer move along the south coast to Brighton.

Whittingham takes charge for the first time since being confirmed as Pompey's permanent manager on Wednesday.

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