Tottenham striker Pavlyuchenko shakes off injury scare: I am okay

Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko says he'll be fit for Saturday's clash with Portsmouth.

Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko says he'll be fit for Saturday's clash with Portsmouth.

The in-form striker was forced off after 36 minutes of Spurs' 2-1 win at Stoke and feared he had torn his left hamstring.

The 28-year-old was given an injection after the match and scans later showed there was no serious damage, though Wednesday's FA Cup quarter-final replay against Fulham will come too soon for a player who has scored eight goals in his last seven appearances.

"At first there was suspicion of a tear and I was terribly upset because I've just started to play and could be out for a couple of weeks," said Pavlyuchenko, who was jogging lightly on Monday.

"But on Sunday I visited specialists, fearing the worst, but thank God this was not confirmed.

"In fact, I had a muscle spasm, after which you just have to rest for two or three days to avoid anything worse.

"The club doctor confirmed that if everything is normal I will return to training on Tuesday. I will miss the FA Cup game on Wednesday, but I should be ready for Portsmouth."