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Posted on 3 March 2009  - 12:00

The fitness of Jonathan Woodgate and Roman Pavlyuchenko will be assessed ahead of Wednesday night's clash against Middlesbrough at the Lane.

Team news

The fitness of Jonathan Woodgate and Roman Pavlyuchenko will be assessed ahead of Wednesday night's clash against Middlesbrough at the Lane.

Defender 'Woody' missed Sunday's Carling Cup Final after failing a late fitness test on an Achilles problem while striker Roman has a slight groin injury.

"Woody felt his Achilles on Saturday morning," reported Harry Redknapp at Tuesday's pre-Boro media briefing. "We'll see how he is tomorrow. Pavlyuchenko looks like he has a bit of a groin strain, so again, we'll see how he is tomorrow."

Harry ruled out Ledley King playing a third game in nine days - 'his knee is like a balloon today' - and Jermain Defoe is still out with his damaged foot but Harry revealed that Alan Hutton, out since November, is progressing well and expected back in full training in a couple of weeks.

Carlo Cudicini, Robbie Keane, Wilson Palacios, Pascal Chimbonda and Fraizer Campbell are all available again after being ineligible for Wembley.