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Curbishley on Portsmouth

Filed: Tuesday, 8th April 2008
By: Staff Writer

Alan Curbishley is looking forward to welcoming back some senior players for tonight's Premier League clash with Portsmouth.

The FA Cup finalists travel to East London tonight on the back of Saturday's 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion, which sent them into next month's Wembley showpiece.

Harry Redknapp, returning to his former stomping ground is likely to make several changes to his team with that game in mind, as will Curbishley - who is set to welcome at least two players back from the club's extensive injury list.

"We had a few come out of the Sunderland game," said Curbishley in his pre-match press conference. "George McCartney has trained since so we're hopeful he's okay, Matty Upson has trained in the last couple of days and so has Freddie Sears, so we may have one or two of them back.

"But Ljungberg won't be fit, Johhny Paintsil's recovering from concussion and the long-termers are still long term - Faubert and all the others. So we'll just have to get on with it as we have dome all season."

The Hammers have six games left to play this season, and remain four points ahead of eleventh-placed Tottenham with a game in hand. However it is upwards to where CUrbishley is casting his gaze as a difficult year reaaches its end.

"We've had a bit of a break and we've got to take advantage of it this time," he sadded. "We've got to get a result and we can put a bit of pressure on Man City if we do that.

"We've got six games left, four at home and we're hoping to do as well as we can. We need to pick some results up because we've had a bad run of late."

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