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Fuller punishes former club as James suffers fresh injury blow

PORTSMOUTH manager Paul Hart played down fears over England goalkeeper David James&rsquo; World Cup fitness after a defeat that kept them anchored to the bottom of the Premier League.<br /><br />Stoke striker Ricardo Fuller scored the only goal against his former club, who had the best of the chances and missed a penalty.<br /><br />To make matters worse for Pompey, James was forced to pull out after injuring his calf in the warm-up &ndash; fuelling concerns that he will struggle to manage a string of niggling problems ahead of the World Cup.<br /><br />But Hart insisted the 39-year-old&rsquo;s latest setback was routine, and would not affect his availability for next summer&rsquo;s tournament.<br /><br />&ldquo;He pulled a calf muscle warming up,&rdquo; said Hart. &ldquo;The World Cup is in June, a calf muscle is usually about three weeks. I think he will be fit for the World Cup.&rdquo;<br /><br />Victory would have lifted Pompey off the bottom of the table but they missed their best chance when Thomas Sorensen saved Kevin Prince-Boateng&rsquo;s tame spot-kick. Fuller punished the visitors in the 74th minute when the Jamaican capped a slick move with a curling strike.