Former Tottenham defender Noe Pamarot could earn FA Cup place if impressing Portsmouth boss

Last updated at 10:35 10 May 2008


Noe Pamarot could be the surprise name in Harry Redknapp's Portsmouth cup final squad - particularly if the French defender makes the most of a shock comeback chance against Fulham tomorrow.

The former Tottenham star has been out since February 9 with knee ligament

damage and the further aggravation of hamstring trouble, playing his first

reserve match only on Tuesday.

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But now skipper Sol Campbell (hamstring) is a major doubt for the final

Barclays Premier League game of the season at home to Fulham.

And Redknapp, who has already ruled out a return for injured England goalkeeper

David James until the Wembley showdown, admits he is seriously considering

plunging Pamarot back in.

Although he could switch Hermann Hreidarsson from left-back to partner Sylvain

Distin in the centre - and it worked well last time out when Pompey beat Aston

Villa 2-0 - Redknapp admitted: "I don't really like putting two left-footed

players together at centre-back.

"Noe is obviously short of match fitness but he did okay in the reserves the

other night. Cover for our centre-backs has been a problem but he would

certainly be able to provide it.

"And I won't take any risks with Sol less than a week before an FA Cup final.

Only if he tells me he is 100% fit on the day will I play him against Fulham."

Pamarot, who has featured 21 times in the first-team this season and was on a

run of six consecutive appearances when injured at Bolton, admits he is still

targeting the final.

He said: "For me, it was very important to get through the 90 minutes in the

reserves.

"It was also against Fulham and I managed to cross the ball for our winning

goal in the last minute.

"Now maybe I can use a Fulham match again to show I can be in the Wembley

squad. I'm fine. I don't feel the injury at all now. I have done a lot of

running sessions to get fit."

Pamarot, who has been linked with a summer move to Celtic but insists he knows

nothing about such reports, could come into a tense encounter.

Anything less than a win could put Fulham down and back into the Coca-Cola

Championship but Redknapp is desperate to take Pompey to Wembley on a high after

three consecutive defeats.

He said: "That hasn't happened to us for a couple of years at least but

winning is a habit I want to keep and I'm going to put out my strongest

available side against Fulham."

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