Pav could be back for Pompey game


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Roman Pavlyuchenko’s injury will only keep him out of action until Saturday’s game with Portsmouth, after a scan on his hamstring revealed it not to be as bad as first feared.

Pavlyuchenko was forced off in the first half of the victory over Stoke and it was feared he might require a spell on the sidelines to fix the issue.

The Russian forward has only recently got himself back into first-team contention after seemingly being surplus to requirements in January.

Pavlyuchenko has been in fine form, with eight goals in his previous six games and with Jermain Defoe also injured, Spurs attacking options were looking thread-bare.

However, whilst Pavlyuchenko is a major doubt to be fit to face Fulham in the FA Cup 6th round replay, he is expected to be in contention for Portsmouth’s visit to White Hart Lane.

Pavlyuchenko told the Daily Express, “At first there was suspicion of a tear and I was terribly upset because I’ve just started to play and could be out for a couple of weeks.

“On Sunday, I visited specialists fearing the worst, but luckily this was not confirmed.

“In fact, I had a muscle spasm, after which you just have to rest for two or three days to avoid anything worse and I should be ready for Portsmouth.”

Harry Redknapp has been boosted by the news, with a number of first-team regulars already missing through injury.

“You jutst look at the injuries we have at the moment, it has been amazing how it has been one after the other. Every day seems to be a different injury.

“You’re talking about top players such as Woodgate, King, Lennon, Huddlestone, Jenas, Defoe and the latest now Pavlyuchenko.

It has been pretty desperate to keep losing players through injury and now we’re down to the last of our senior players.”

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  1. I would love to see him on the bench against Fulham. Even if it's just for a 10 minute run to get us a winning goal if needed. Give him a chance and he will convert. Otherwise he just rests until Saturday with a good view of the match. MF really needs to step it up in this one. Whoever is on the right will be key (Kranjcar or Bentley). We have to use our width to keep Fulham under pressure. COYS


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