Pompey leave senior players behind
Pompey have today left all their senior players at home as they jet off for a 10-day Spanish training camp.
Michael Appleton has made the shock move in a bid to hasten the seven high earners' exit from the club.
Instead, a mixture of triallists and the development group have flown to Malaga on a tour which will see the Blues face Gibraltar and Brighton.
Development coach Guy Whittingham will keep an eye on the players left behind, who will follow a specially-prepared training programme.
Those who have not travelled to southern Spain are Tal Ben Haim, Liam Lawrence, Erik Huseklepp, Dave Kitson, Luke Varney, David Norris and Greg Halford.
Kanu, who is still in Nigeria, is believed to have informed the club he has quit and is now not expected to return.
It leaves Ashley Harris and Adam Webster as the only members of the pre-season tour with Pompey first-team experience.
And despite a potential run-out at Westleigh Park being scuppered by the rain on Saturday, Appleton believes it is in the senior players' best interests to remain back here in England.
He said: ‘None of the senior players who were here last year will come to Spain.
‘They are going to have a training programme and hopefully they will be at pastures new by the time we return.
‘The idea is it gives them the chance to find other clubs - although it is not as easy as that, as we have found over the last 10 weeks or so.
‘Still, I think there's an opportunity for them to go elsewhere and it certainly makes more sense them being in England rather than Spain.
‘Guy (Whittingham) will also be staying with the senior players to hold their hands and wipe their noses.
‘It means, if you include Sam Magri, Adam Webster and Ashley Harris, there will be eight or nine of the young lads there in Spain.
‘Ashley Westwood will also be on the plane after he was confirmed as our new first-team coach over the weekend.
‘All of the senior lads were going to play against Havant & Waterlooville on Saturday but we feel it's best if they stay behind for the tour.'
All but three of this season's nine-man development group will be venturing to the camp in southern Spain.
Full-back Elliot Wheeler is among those to miss out, although the likes of Dan Thompson, Jed Wallace and George Colson will be present.
Appleton is convinced the youngsters will benefit from time away from the city.
He added: ‘I worked with the young lads last year anyway as every training session we had two or three of them, so I know all of them reasonably well now.
‘I know their strengths and weaknesses.
‘The tour's going to be good for them. They have not been in the first-team environment before and there are two games for them to play in, so they'll enjoy the experience.
‘Mind you, I will feel more like a babysitter or school teacher.
‘I'll probably have to take them tenpin bowling or the cinema and then eat at McDonald's!'
Lloyd Sam was among the triallists who also turned up for Pompey's 10-day training camp.
The former Leeds and Charlton winger joined Izale Mcleod, Simon Gillett and Brian Howard on the flight from Gatwick.
Moustapha Dumbuya, Jon Harley and Simon Eastwood - who have spent the past week at the Blues - were also present, as was former New York Red Bulls and Lillestrom striker Luke Rodgers.
Gibraltar deny spitting in Shield final win over Jersey
The Gibraltar Football Association has denied that its players spat at Jersey players in the final of the International Shield.
Jersey boss Craig Culkin made the allegations following his side's 2-1 extra-time defeat in June.
The Gibraltar FA has rejected the claims, after a two-week investigation, but it has suspended a player for his "behaviour" in the match.
He has not been named despite a request from BBC Jersey.
"On the allegation made by the Jersey coach against our squad that players were spitting, after investigating and watching video evidence we can confirm this serious allegation is not correct," read a statement from the Gibraltar FA.
"We can confirm one player has been suspended for six months from all national team fixtures.
"The player has also been suspended from attending the next International Challenge Shield."
Gibraltar were shown three reds and had their manager sent to the stands in their two matches at the inaugural tournament.
Dwayne Robba and scorer Brian Perez were both sent off in the final against Jersey, but the hosts still had enough quality with nine men to clinch the final.
Dramatic Shield Final:
Gibraltar win 2-1 after extra time
The hosts have two players sent off
The referee overturns a penalty decision after Jersey complaints
Jersey finish with 10 men after their keeper dislocates a shoulder
Jersey boss Craig Culkin accuses Gibraltar players of spitting at his side