Pompey have problems - but of a different kind - in Wembley build-up
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Thursday 08 Apr 2010 23:01:00
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First Pompey were worried not enough of their injured players would be fit to face Spurs on Sunday. Now the problem is a different one – how to accommodate them in the side.

And Avram Grant’s snumber two has warned the men returning from injury they cannot all expect to walk back into the starting line-up. It comes as hope springs that Aruna Dindane will be eligible to play at Wembley.

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Pompey have been boosted by the likes of Hassan Yebda, Nadir Belhadj, Papa Diop and Prince Boatend returning to training this week and Grove said: ‘We will have to see how they progress through the rest of the week, making sure there is no reaction and assessing how much work they still need to do towards the game.

‘There's also a squad there that has been working extremely hard in games and stayed fit. That's something else which will have to be considered. Let's not forget, a few have been out of the team and in and around the injury table for a while now. They might not be ready.

‘Of course, each case is slightly different. Some have been out longer than others, some have injuries you have to be more careful with.

‘There is still time. We will have to see when they come back what condition they are in, plus how many have been out are contenders to be starters or on the bench. That's something to take into consideration.’

Dindane could feature as a deal for Lens to sell him to Blackburn then loan him back to Pompey appears likely to be finalised.

Administrator Andrew Andronikou said: ‘I understand that he had a medical last week and we are waiting to hear how that progresses. If an agreement can be made between the two clubs, then that will also assist us in releasing him to play the rest of the season for us.’

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