Tottenham Hotspur’s new summer signing Roman Pavlyuchenko is on a collision course with the North London club after joining up with the Russian National squad, despite being ruled out for up to three weeks by Spurs due to an ankle injury.
26-year-old Pavlyuchenko arrived at White Hart Lane in £14million deal from Spartak Moscow in August and has struggled to adapt so far to the rigours of Premier League football.
Pavlyuchenko has flown to Russia to get a second opinion on his partially torn ankle ligament’s, with it even suggested that the striker could play some part in Russia’s World Cupqualifier in Germany this weekend.
Pavlyuchenko said: “I am going to Moscow to join the national team, and I am also going to show my foot to the medics there. Then I'll get the final verdict.”
This will not please Tottenham’s under fire manager Juande Ramos, who clashed with the Russian FA in September after asking Russian coach Gus Hiddink to rest their forward. However, Hiddink chose to ignore the pleas coming from White Hart Lane and now look set to go against the Premiership side once more.
“We sent a fax to Tottenham, in which we requested them to release the player. We did that because the team doctors need to assess the player's fitness, to look at the condition of his leg and make a decision then,” Hiddink said.
“I know the player was looking forward to joining up with his country. So I hope there won't be a problem.”