Tottenham Hotspur are set to lose summer signing Roman Pavlyuchenko for three days, with the Russian International set to put his new political responsibilities with Russia before Spurs.
Russian president Vladimir Putin made 26-year-old Pavlyuchenko a deputy for the United Russia party in his hometown of Stavropol and has been inited by the governor Valeri Gaievski to attend a session on sports development, with the former Spartak Moscow striker insisting he will carry out any political commitments, despite now playing in the Premier League with Spurs.
"I'm not going to give up my seat,” Pavlyuchenko said.
“Sadly I couldn't come to Stavropol for the election results, although I very much wanted to.
“Despite the need for me to be in Britain often, I'm not going to be absent from Stavropol for long.”
The sports session in December falls just before the Premiership clash with Manchester United at White Hart Lane on the 13th, with Pavlyuchenko to be absent in the three days beforehand, which will almost certainly mean the forward will miss the visit of the European Champions.
Ironically, Tottenham’s main summer transfer target Andrei Arshavin was also made a deputy in St Petersburg, but resigned from the post immediately, with it understood that not all of Russia’s sports stars are as enthusiastic about this initiative as Pavlyuchenko.