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Posted on 16 October 2009  - 12:00

Jonathan Woodgate will not make his return at Portsmouth on Saturday.

Jonathan Woodgate will not make his return at Portsmouth on Saturday.

The central defender was back in full training this week after a lengthy spell on the sidelines suffering from a groin problem.

He came through a practice match at Spurs Lodge on Tuesday but boss Harry reported on Friday afternoon that he's not quite ready for a competitive return.

"Woody's trained well this week but he's not quite ready, he's a week away yet," said Harry. "We'll fix up another practice match, he'll get a game in there and that will do him a world of good.

"He could then be back in contention."

Good news sees Ledley King return after picking up a hamstring injury at Chelsea on September 20.

"Ledley's trained and worked hard," said Harry. "He played a half in the practice game this week and did a bit this morning and came through it okay. He should be fit."

However, Wilson Palacios looks unlikely to figure at Fratton Park as he will not return from international duty with Honduras until Saturday morning.

Harry explained: "Wilson's due back at six o'clock and will come straight to the team hotel but it's difficult to start him after all that travelling."

Luka Modric (fractured fibula) and Giovani dos Santos (ankle) continue their rehabilitation.