Preview: Portsmouth vs. Burnley

Portsmouth boss Avram Grant is missing influential defender Younes Kaboul for Saturday’s Premier League home clash with Burnley .

The former Tottenham man serves a one-match ban for picking up five bookings, but Jamie O’Hara, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Mike Williamson and Tommy Smith all return after being cup-tied for the Carling Cup clash with Aston Villa on Tuesday.

Goalkeeper David James is a doubt as he struggles with a calf injury, while the game probably comes too soon for Papa Bouba Diop (hamstring) and Steve Finnan (groin), who both returned to training this week.

Burnley captain Steven Caldwell is suspended for Saturday’s trip to Portsmouth following his red card last week at West Ham.

Manager Owen Coyle will therefore have to change his defence for the first time in eight matches and is likely to drop Andre Bikey back from a defensive midfield position, which could pave the way for Kevin McDonald to come in.

On-loan striker David Nugent is ineligible to play against his parent club.


Pompey (from): James, Begovic, Mokoena, Mullins, Kanu, Belhadj, Vanden Borre, Piquionne, Ben-Haim, Yebda, Dindane, Webber, Brown, Wilson, Ashdown, Hreidarsson, Utaka, O’Hara, Smith, Boateng, Williamson.

Burnley (from): Jensen, Mears, Jordan, Carlisle, Bikey, Alexander, Eagles, Elliott, Blake, Fletcher, Gudjonsson, McDonald, Thompson, Duff, Guerrero, Penny, Kalvenes, Edgar.