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Portsmouth face injury crisis for FA Cup semi-final

Herman Hreidarsson
Hreidarsson was a hero of Pompey's 2008 FA Cup-winning side

Portsmouth manager Avram Grant says he is running out of players after the club's injury crisis deepened in Saturday's 2-0 defeat by Tottenham.

Hermann Hreidarsson and Danny Webber were stretchered off, while David James limped away with a calf injury.

"Last week I said we couldn't afford any more injuries, and we've had seven since," said Grant. "We don't have any choice but to use youth players."

Pompey, bottom of the table, face Spurs in the FA Cup semi-final on 11 April.

With 11 sidelined players, Portsmouth were only able to field six substitutes at White Hart Lane on Saturday, three of whom had never played in the Premier League.

Matters got worse when Hreidarsson had to be stretchered off with an oxygen mask on his face after suffering a serious Achilles injury.


Goalkeeper James had to replaced by Jamie Ashdown in the closing stages before Webber was carried away with a knee problem, leaving Pompey to finish the match with 10 men.

"Injuries are part of the game, but to the extent we have them when we had a short squad anyway is unbelievable," Grant added.

James said he came off as a precaution and is hopeful of being fit for the Wembley showdown with Spurs.

He said: "I'm just thinking about Blackburn on Saturday and then the FA Cup semi-final after that.

"My calf wasn't feeling right but hopefully it's not too bad. Hopefully it was just a niggle but we'll look at it on Monday.

"I'm gutted for Hermann and Danny. We've got a few players out and the situation's desperate."

The defeat by Spurs left debt-ridden Pompey 14 points adrift of safety at the bottom of the Premier League table following a nine-point penalty for going into administration.

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