Portsmouth are almost certain to be without midfielders Lassana Diarra and Richard Hughes for tomorrow’s Barclays Premier League trip to Aston Villa.
Diarra has been troubled by a knee injury and Hughes has a groin problem, while Niko Kranjcar (ankle) is still at least two weeks away from a return.
Papa Bouba Diop will switch from the right to his preferred central midfield role, leaving fit-again John Utaka and Glen Little to contest the wide position.
Younes Kaboul, who injured his back playing for France Under-21s in midweek is also likely to be unavailable but Sean Davis is expected to feature despite suffering back-spasms during training.
Provisional squad: James, Johnson, Campbell, Distin, Belhadj, Utaka, Little, Davis, Diop, A Traore, Crouch, Defoe, Kanu, Pamarot, Hreidarsson, Mvuemba, Thomas, Sahar, Lauren, Ashdown.