Portsmouth boss Kenny Jackett felt Alex Bass’s loan move to Southend United was perfect timing


PORTSMOUTH manager Kenny Jackett said Alex Bass’s loan transfer to Southend United was the perfect time for the goalkeeper.

The 22-year-old joined the Shrimpers on an emergency loan deal after recovering from the broken leg he suffered in training at the start of the new year.

And Jackett insisted that Bass was in perfect shape to play, despite the goalkeeper suffering another injury that forced him out at half-time in his debut against Salford City on Saturday. .

“For Alex it really was the perfect time to come back to get a few games after his recovery and rehab is complete,” Jackett told Portsmouth News.

“I hope it’s not too bad for Southend, I’ll talk to him and see what the problem is.

“He trained last week, he’s been back for two weeks really.

“He trained Thursday and Friday and we had the medical impression that he was 100% – and has been for at least a fortnight.

“With the wound, they scanned it again, things had healed inside.

“It was eight weeks since his injury and the initial assessment was six weeks, so we believe the job has been done and the opportunity was there.”

The Shrimpers are now waiting to find out the severity of Bass’s injury on Saturday.

And Jackett will also contact the shooter.

“We thought there would be no more injury issues, but he came out at halftime for Southend,” said Jackett.

“I don’t know the details of this, I’ll talk to him and hope he’s okay.

“I was hoping it would be the perfect rehab.

“When you come back you want to try to get back into the game and play – if it’s necessary here or to go somewhere else and compete.”


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