For once Harry Redknapp is glad another international break is coming up to help him over Portsmouth's injury crisis.
Pompey's David James, Glen Johnson and Jermain Defoe are set to be involved in more World Cup combat when England play their next qualifier against Kazakhstan on Saturday week, followed by a trip to Belarus four days later.
But Redknapp said: "There is another break coming and this time I'm looking forward to it because we've nine players out injured and it gives a chance to get maybe three or four back for when we start again."
Niko Kranjcar, Sean Davis, Papa Bouba Diop, Ben Sahar, Jerome Thomas and David Nugent are among Pompey's casualties ahead of the home clash with Tottenham.
Star midfielder Lassana Diarra is still a doubt with a damaged knee and Redknapp admitted: "We've had a rough patch.
"It's another busy week starting with our UEFA Cup match against Guimaraes after the Spurs game and then Stoke at home two days after we're back from Portugal.
"I'm training with just 17 players at the moment and I don't think any more will be available next week. We could do with the space to get people back and thicken up the squad again."
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