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Posted on 5 March 2010  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp reports that Jermain Defoe is a doubt for Saturday's FA Cup quarter-final at Fulham.

Team news

Harry Redknapp reports that Jermain Defoe is a doubt for Saturday's FA Cup quarter-final at Fulham.

The striker is struggling with a tight hamstring and will be assessed before the 5.20pm kick-off at Craven Cottage.

Harry revealed that JD didn't train on Friday. "Jermain said he felt the hamstring on Wednesday night at Wembley (playing for England) and didn't feel too good after that game. He's had treatment and we'll have to see how he is."

The manager's biggest problems are in the midfield area where he's without Tom Huddlestone (ankle), David Bentley (hip), Jermaine Jenas and Aaron Lennon (groin). Ledley King (thigh) will also be missing.

As we reported earlier this week, JJ has undergone surgery in Germany while Tom will rest for two weeks before having another MRI scan on his injury.

"It's a problem area for us," added Harry. "We've recalled Jake Livermore (from Peterborough) and Andros Townsend (MK Dons) from their loans. They are young players who we hope have big futures and both will be in the squad for Fulham.

"We've a few injuries but we'll still have 11 very good players turning out on Saturday."

Younes Kaboul and Kyle Walker are cup-tied while Jonathan Woodgate (groin) and Carlo Cudicini (wrist, pelvis) remain out.