Billy Bodin ruled out of Torquay United's game with Portsmouth
Billy Bodin is out of Torquay United’s all-ticket League Two home game against Portsmouth on Saturday.
The Gulls’ Wales Under-21 international sustained cartilage damage during Tuesday night’s 2-0 defeat at Burton Albion.
United manager Alan Knill reported: “Billy has had a scan, and we’re still waiting for the detailed results of that, but he has a cartilage problem. Hopefully, the scan results won’t be too bad, but he will definitely be out for Portsmouth.
“It’s a shame, because Billy can play in various positions, and he’s been doing well recently.”
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Bodin joins unavailable trio Aaron Downes, Ben Harding and Michael Poke, although Downes and Harding both hope to return to full training next week after knee and foot injuries respectively.
With centre-back Krystian Pearce back from a one-match suspension, Knill expects everyone else to be fit and available as United try to stop the rot of only one point from 15 against the biggest club in the division.
One man set to be involved is French midfielder Damien Mozika, who has just signed a short-term pay-as-you-play deal as he nears a return to full fitness after a serious hamstring injury.
Mozika, who played under Knill at Bury and Scunthorpe United, was an unused substitute at Burton. He has not kicked a ball in anger since he was injured playing for Scunthorpe last January.
“Damien has looked great in training and small-sided games, and we want to see him on the pitch,” said Knill.
“He’s done everything asked of him in rehab and training, and he’s the one who’s been saying: ‘I’m ready to play’. But he needs playing time to bring him up to the level he needs.”
United are stressing to their own fans that there will be no tickets on sale on Saturday.
There are a limited number of seats available in Plainmoor’s 6,200-capacity ‘Bristow’s Bench grandstand, but there are still plenty of tickets available in the Family Stand and the Popular Side terrace.
Pompey sold out their 1,500 allocation some time ago.