Crisis club Portsmouth face new low by naming just three substitutes

26 January 2010 01:24
Crisis management: Avram Grant

Portsmouth's player crisis has plunged to new depths with the club facing the prospect of only being able to name three substitutes for Tuesday's vital Premier League clash with West Ham.

The cash-strapped side fielded only five of the seven subs allowed in their FA Cup win over Sunderland on Saturday and injuries to Michael Brown and Papa Bouba Diop have added manager Avram Grant's woes.

Grant named 17-year-old Lennard Sowah among the subs in the 2-1 win but will not call on other youth teamers simply to fill the bench.

Pompey cannot bring in emergency loans due to a transfer embargo and they have four players who have been on duty in the Africa Cup of Nations.

Tommy Smith may be back but Jamie O'Hara has returned to Spurs after his loan deal expired and Mike Williamson will not feature because he is in talks with Newcastle. 

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Source: Daily_Mail