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David James hopes to shrug off a calf problem to be fit for Portsmouth's FA Cup semi-final at Wembley and declared: "The season is far from over."

As well as James, who hobbled off in the closing stages of Saturday's 2-0 degeat at Tottenham, an already depleted Pompey squad lost defender Hermann Hreidarsson to what looked a serious Achilles injury and substitute Danny Webber also had to be carried off on a stretcher after suffering a knee problem.

"My calf was not feeling right, but hopefully it is not too bad," James said, quoted on the club's official website,

"Obviously me going off meant we were down to 10 men, but I did not want it to get worse. It is better to take a precaution than play on and then have three weeks out.

"Hopefully it was just a niggle, but we will look at it on Monday. I am just thinking about Blackburn on Saturday and then the FA Cup semi-final after that."

James maintained: "The season is far from over. The FA Cup is still there and whatever side we put out at Wembley has got a chance of winning."

Defender Aaron Mokoena believes the defeat at White Hart Lane - where Pompey lost to goals from old boys Peter Crouch and Niko Kranjcar - will have little relevance when Avram Grant's side take on Spurs and former boss Harry Redknapp again at Wembley in a fortnight.

"It is a completely new game," the South African said.

"We want to forget about this game as soon as possible and move on to the next one.

"We just have to keep going until the end of the season - not just because of the semi-final, but also because we owe it to the fans."

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