Spurs striker Pavlyuchenko set to miss Arsenal clash after call-up for Russia

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is facing the threat of losing Roman Pavlyuchenko for his key home derby clash with Arsenal on February 8.

The striker - who admits to feeling exhausted - has been called up for a four-day Russian national team get-together in Turkey which clashes with the game.

Coach Guus Hiddink has made clear he expects the Tottenham player to be present.   'It's a difficult situation,' said the player. 'As far as I understand I'm expected to fly to Turkey on February 7 while my club is going to play against the Gunners next day.

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In the dark: Roman Pavlyuchenko says he is not sure where he will be playing

'To tell you the truth I do not know what's going to happen yet.'  The extra demands on the 27 year old forward come as he has again complained about playing football for more than a year without a break.  

'In England I'm on a very tough playing schedule,' he said.

And it is extra tough for me because I played 20 games in the Russian premiership and more at Euro 2008.  "I feel very tired but need to hold on somehow until the end of May. I hope I'm stll young enough to make it through.'

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