King & Pavlyuchenko injuries not serious

Tottenham Hotspur have been boosted by the news that both, captain, Ledley King and, striker, Roman Pavlyuchenko's injuries are not as bad as first feared after the pair were injured in Sunday's 1-1 draw with Portsmouth at White Hart Lane. Skipper, King limped off the field moments before half-time with a hamstring problem, while Russian forward Pavlyuchenko was stretchered off midway through the opening 45-minutes with an ankle injury following a robust tackle by Pompey's Sean Davis. But having feared King had torn a muscle meaning another lengthy period on the sidelines, further examinations have revealed that he suffered only a minor strain.

Pavyluchenko suffered no serious damage to his ankle, but he is likely to miss Wednesday's Carling Cup Semi Final second leg clash against Burnley at Turf Moor.

"When it happened the pain was so unbearable that I feared the worst," said Pavlyuchenko. "But fortunately it turned out to be just a huge bruise on my shin. Thank God, the bones are intact.

"The medics told me I'm going to miss one game definitely - and maybe more. With the corner of my eye I saw Davis flying to crash into me. I did everything to get to the ball first. In the English Premier League you won't make it into the squad if you pull your legs away fearing tackles."

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