Portsmouth FC manager Kenny Jackett has confirmed to The News, Portsmouth that Rangers loanee Ross McCrorie faces a spell on the sidelines through injury.

The 21-year-old’s trials and tribulations south of the border continued on Tuesday evening when he pulled up and was forced off just 40 minutes into an EFL League One clash against Southend United.

A frustrated McCrorie heads for the Fratton Park dugout after limping off injured. (Photo by Robin Jones/Getty Images)

“McCrorie will be out for four to six weeks – and so it will be, by the looks of it, December for him [before he is able to return],” Jackett told The News, Portsmouth.

Verdict

This is just the latest blow in what has been a stop-start 2019/20 campaign for the Gers Academy graduate.

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He opted to head for Pompey in July in search of regular playing time, but his progress has been checked at various stages.

The combative youngster was sent off for two bookable offences on debut and then left out of the team even after serving his suspension.

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After a couple of weeks of watching from the bench, he forced his way back into the side, sometimes at right-back and only occasionally in midfield.

McCrorie hugging the right flank against Sunderland. (Photo by Steven Hadlow/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

It seems Jackett was still yet to be convinced, though, as, between the back end of September and first half of October, he failed to feature for five games in a row, with Scotland U21s duty ensuring he spent time away from the group [Transfermarkt].

After being drafted back in at right-back at home to Lincoln City late last month, though, he was beginning to impress.

The game against Southend was his fourth start in a row and followed a Man of the Match display against Oxford United.

Therefore, this injury has struck at just the wrong time. It’s a major blow for a player who is both seeking to prove he can cut it in the EFL and to show Steven Gerrard that he’s becoming a more rounded and higher quality operator.

When he eventually returns to fitness, he’ll face yet another battle to get back in this Pompey starting XI.

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