Roman Pavlyuchenko has been ruled out of tonight’s game with PAOK as a freak training injury is set to see him endure a spell on the side lines.
Yesterday, manager Harry Redknapp said after Pav’s knee problem came to light,
‘It doesn’t look very good. He just banged it on Andros Townsend’s head. He slipped and hit Andros and it looks very swollen. It doesn’t look great.’
It’s been a miserable season for the Russian so far and the only, brief highlights have come in the Europa Cup so it’s a blow that Pav is unavailable tonight.
The striker will still be looking to move away from the Lane in January and the lack of game time won’t help him seal a transfer and it may even jeopardise his place in the Russian Euro 2012 squad.
Potentially, there may just be one Spurs game left for Roman – away to Shamrock Rovers in the final group game.