Pavlyuchenko to get rare Spurs chance

With Lokomotiv claiming Redknapp blocked their move for

Pavlyuchenko, the 28-year-old Tottenham striker was then quoted

accusing his manager of having a laugh at his expense. Following

the departure of Robbie Keane on loan to Celtic, Redknapp wants

back-up for his preferred attacking partnership of Jermain Defoe

and Peter Crouch. The Spurs boss said: “I don’t sell players, the

chairman does. He would ask my opinion. We both agreed we’d let

Robbie go so we are not in a position to sell him.” Pavlyuchenko is

in the squad for Sunday’s Premier League trip to Wigan, then he is

in the frame to feature against Bolton in the FA Cup replay against

Bolton on Wednesday. “He’s fit again after a groin injury,”

Redknapp said. “We have three games this week and there is every

chance he’ll start one of those games at least, he’s back in the

frame. “No-one wants to see him score goals more than me. If he

scored eight to 10 between now and the end of the season no-one

will be happier than me.” However, Redknapp is clearly unhappy with

his striker speaking out about his lack of first-team football. “I

can’t really say what I feel,” he said. “It’s a difficult job I’ve

got so I’ll get on with it. If he wants to say stuff it’s up to

him. “The only way he proves it is by coming in every day and

working hard, showing he wants to play for the club. It’s up to

him. As a manager my hands are tied. “He doesn’t speak much English

so it’s difficult to speak to him about it. I’ll pick him when I

think he deserves to be picked and leave him out when he deserves

to be left out – that is what I get paid to do and if I make the

wrong decisions I’ll take the blame.” Meanwhile, Redknapp feels it

is doubtful that Jonathan Woodgate will play again this season. The

centre-back is still in America for treatment on a groin problem.

He said: “This season? It’s going to be doubtful. Please God he

does but I wouldn’t want to say he will play this season. “They are

still trying to find the cure for it so with the time it takes to

get fit and ready to play it will be difficult.”