Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko is set for a spell on the side-lines after the Russian international was involved in a “freak” incident during Monday’s training session.
Pavlyuchenko has yet to start a Premier League game this season but has started all of Spurs’ Europa League Group A games thus far and was expected to start up front in tonight’s game with PAOK. He clashed with Andros Townsend in training on Monday leading to a knee injury which is expected to keep him out for at least a fortnight.
Harry Redknapp admitted that he would have to play Jermain Defoe tonight despite wanting to give the England striker a rest.
“There is no-one else really because Pav did his knee yesterday,” Redknapp said.
“It doesn’t look very good. He just banged it on Andros Townsend’s head. He slipped and hit Andros and it looks very swollen. It doesn’t look great.”
The Russian striker has struggled to make an impact in England since his arrival a few years ago but has scored some important goals and despite scoring a wonderful free-kick to beat Rubin Kazan, he is yet to start in the league because of the form of Defoe, Adebayor and van der Vaart.
Reports emerged this morning that Redknapp might be chasing Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka in January which would surely end Pavlyuchenko’s Tottenham career. He has been tipped to go out on loan in January but perhaps a permanent move might be on the cards.
Tottenham play PAOK of Greece tonight while Shamrock Rovers are in chilly Russia to take on Rubin Kazan in Group A of the Europa League. Rovers are looking for their first point of the campaign thus far in their penultimate match. In their final game, they welcome Tottenham to Tallaght.
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