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Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko has a groin problem and could miss the Barclays Premier League clash against Fulham at White Hart Lane.

Tom Huddlestone (knee) and Ledley King (knee) will require late checks before kick-off, while Aaron Lennon (groin) and Benoit Assou-Ekotto (groin) are out.



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Jonathan Woodgate (groin) and Carlo Cudicini (wrists and pelvis) are long-term absentees.

Pavlyuchenko is still determined to move from White Hart Lane, with Lokomotiv Moscow claiming the 28-year-old wants to join them.

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp insists Pavlyuchenko is part of his plans until an adequate offer is made - but the £13.8million signing from Spartak Moscow is adamant he wants to leave.

"I've already heard lots of times from Redknapp that I'm going to play, but I still remain sitting on the bench," Pavlyuchenko told Sport Express newspaper.

"I don't think that goal will change anything. In any case, I hope it doesn't stop me leaving Tottenham."

Whether it is possible for Pavlyuchenko to move before the transfer window closes will depend on the assessment of his injury.

"Pavlyuchenko has picked up a groin strain and I don't know whether he will be fit. He's gone for a scan to see if there is any damage there," said Redknapp.

It means the Russia striker is unlikely to feature against Fulham in the midweek Barclays Premier League clash.

"When he wants to work and play he is a top-class footballer," the Spurs boss added. "On Saturday I was delighted with him but unfortunately he's picked up a groin injury but that's the way it's been.

"His people have been trying to move him for a while but we want him to stay. Unless we get the right offer he will be staying and he is part of the plans while he's here."

Bobby Zamora could make his return from injury for Fulham.

Zamora has been out since breaking his collarbone against Stoke earlier this month but his recovery has gone well and the striker could feature against his former club.

Diomansy Kamara and Simon Davies are also in line for comebacks having both been named among the substitutes for the Cottagers' FA Cup fourth-round tie at Accrington Stanley on Saturday.

Andy Johnson was ruled out of that match with a knee problem and faces a late fitness test, while Dickson Etuhu is still on African Nations Cup duty with Nigeria.

Clint Dempsey (knee), Paul Konchesky (ankle) and John Pantsil (knee) are all still sidelined.

Meanwhile, Roy Hodgson is feeling positive about his attacking options again after Fulham showed they have plenty of strength in reserve.

Fulham have had to endure a terrible run of luck with injuries over recent weeks, with Zamora`s break and Dempsey sustaining knee ligament damage at Blackburn in their next fixture.

Hodgson's resources have been severely stretched, but the trip to the Crown Ground showed that he still has other decent options, with the likes of Bjorn Helge Riise and David Elm playing their part in Fulham's 3-1 victory.

Fit-again Diomansy Kamara and Simon Davies were also on the team-sheet as unused substitutes, and with Zamora nearing a return to fitness ahead of the match at Tottenham, Hodgson believes things are looking up again.

"We're missing several players from the team that finished seventh last season," Hodgson said.

"(But) there are a lot of first-team players that we can recover as early as Tuesday so I'm pleased we got through the game (on Saturday).

"I'm pleased that people like Bjorn Helge Riise and David Elm got their chance.

"They're going to need this type of experience and practice because for a long time they've been sitting on the sidelines watching other people play."

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