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Portsmouth leave senior players behind to be sold

League One Portsmouth have flown to Spain for their pre-season tour without any of the club's senior professionals, reports BBC Sport. A squad of trialists and youngsters have made the trip for some warm-weather training and friendlies against Gibraltar and Brighton.

Pompey have eight senior players and need them all to leave to help exit administration and build a new squad on reduced wages.

"None of the senior players who were here last season will be travelling to Spain," boss Michael Appleton told BBC Radio Solent.

As things stand, Tal Ben Haim, Greg Halford, Erik Huseklepp, Dave Kitson, Liam Lawrence, David Norris, Luke Varney and Kanu all remain on Pompey's books.

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