O'Hara: Pompey can beat the drop

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Returning Portsmouth midfielder Jamie O'Hara has not given up hope of keeping the club in the Barclays Premier League.

The Tottenham man has been allowed to re-join the Fratton Park outfit for the rest of the season after Pompey's transfer ban was lifted.

He told the club's official website: "I still think we can do it (stay up), otherwise I wouldn't have come back."

O'Hara's comeback is a welcome ray of light for manager Avram Grant, who is expected to lose defender Younes Kaboul and goalkeeper Asmir Begovic to Spurs.

There are also doubts over whether Ivorian international Aruna Dindane will return to Fratton Park, after his parent club Lens tried to sell him to Birmingham on Friday.

Despite this, O'Hara is certain Pompey still have what it takes to close the five-point gap between them and Premier League safety.

While he has missed the Blues' last two matches as their transfer embargo prevented him from extending his stay, the 23-year-old is ready to play his part.

"It might take me a couple of games to get back to full match fitness because I haven't been playing at Spurs," he added.

"But I've only missed two Premier League games for Pompey and I'm hoping to carry on where I left off."

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Asmir Begovic
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