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Posted on 26 March 2010  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp will wait on the fitness of four players going into Saturday's Premier League match against Portsmouth at the Lane.

Team news

Harry Redknapp will wait on the fitness of four players going into Saturday's Premier League match against Portsmouth at the Lane.

The manager says he remains hopeful on Sebastien Bassong (ankle), Wilson Palacios (adductor), Roman Pavlyuchenko (hamstring) and Kyle Walker (ankle).

Sebastien turned his ankle over in the final minutes of Wednesday's FA Cup win against Fulham. Wilson played in that match despite his injury and Roman came on for the final half-hour having departed early from Saturday's win at Stoke with a hamstring problem.

"We'll give Sebastien until tomorrow," reported Harry on Friday. "Pav's hamstring is still tight and he probably doesn't feel that he's ready to start a game.

"Wilson's adductor is still tender, he played against Fulham and I'm not quite sure how he managed to get through it, but he did. We'll wait for tomorrow with him as well."

Harry said he will definitely be without Vedran ‘Charlie' Corluka after the defender hobbled out of the action 10 minutes into the second half against Fulham with an ankle injury.

"Charlie's struggling, he won't be available and young Kyle Walker, who would have come in, picked up an ankle injury yesterday but he's hoping he'll be okay," added Harry.

Aaron Lennon (groin), Ledley King (thigh), Jermain Defoe (hamstring) and Jermain Jenas (groin) also remain out.

Harry gave this update. "Aaron's building up slowly, he's getting out there, running, doing some strengthening work and hopefully he's on his way back.

"Ledley is still coming along slowly, hopefully it will be a week or two. JJ has had a bit of a setback, he's still in a bit of pain and Jermain is not too far away, he's progressing well."