Portsmouth v Blackburn Rovers, Sat 3 Apr 2010

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Portsmouth boss Avram Grant has just 13 fit first-team players going into his side's Premier League clash with Blackburn at Fratton Park.

Hermann Hreidarsson and Danny Webber have both been ruled out for six months after suffering Achilles and knee injuries respectively against Tottenham last Saturday.

Striker Quincy Owusu-Abeyie's loan deal from Spartak Moscow has been cancelled, while Aruna Dindane's future also remains in the balance amid speculation linking him with a move away from Fratton Park.

David James (calf), Kevin-Prince Boateng (ankle), Hassan Yebda (knee), Tal Ben-Haim (groin), Nadir Belhadj and Marc Wilson (both leg) are all injured.

By contrast Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce has virtually a fully-fit squad to choose from.

Captain Ryan Nelsen and goalkeeper Paul Robinson are back in full training after missing the last five and three games respectively with knee and calf injuries.

Yildiray Basturk, who has yet to figure since his arrival in January, is also available after shaking off a hamstring problem, leaving Keith Andrews (calf) as the only doubt.

Allardyce feels Pompey's demise has been of their own making given the financial mismanagement which that has taken place.

"From the very start it looked like life was going to be very difficult for (former manager) Paul Hart," Allardyce said.

"I thought he did a fabulous job in that he rescued the situation from the financial troubles they were in.

"He and (chief executive) Peter Storrie put a team together, although it was pretty much thrown together, and there seemed to be a little turn around in fortunes.

"But they had a dip, changed manager and then the financial crisis hit, and no matter how hard everybody tried to find and secure a new owner, it just wasn't the case.

"It has ended up with where they are now, in administration, and nobody wants to see that.

"But unfortunately, the millions and millions of pounds they have had over the years has not been put to good use.

"It has thrown them into complete and utter chaos financially, and they've spent far more than they could afford to."

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