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Posted on 9 April 2010  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp will make late decisions on the fitness of five players before Sunday's FA Cup semi-final against Portsmouth at Wembley.

Team news

Harry Redknapp will make late decisions on the fitness of five players before Sunday's FA Cup semi-final against Portsmouth at Wembley.

Michael Dawson (Achilles), Tom Huddlestone (ankle), Vedran Corluka (ankle), Ledley King (thigh) and Jermaine Jenas (groin) will be given time to prove their fitness.

However, Harry has ruled out any possible return at Wembley for Aaron Lennon (groin) and we go into the tie without cup-tied Kyle Walker and Younes Kaboul.

"It will be a last-minute decision with a few of the lads," said Harry on Friday morning. "They will come out this morning and have a stretch with us but they won't actually train until tomorrow.

"You never know, they might all be okay or none of them will be okay. It's very much a case of wait and see, it's that tight with them.

"Michael has been having treatment morning and afternoon and we'll see how he is tomorrow. We won't play him unless he's okay. I really couldn't say at the moment but if anyone can play, he will. He's a fantastic professional and a great character but he has to be right.

"Hopefully one or two will be okay. Ledley hasn't trained at all but he's going to come out and have a stretch and see how he feels. He's doubtful, but you never know."

As for Aaron, Harry added: "He's not fit to play. We're taking it day by day, seeing how he progesses. Until he's ready we won't push him back in. We'll wait until he's right."

Harry also reported that midfielder JJ was scheduled to join the players for a warm-up this morning for the first time since his groin problem.