Capello cautious with King

23 March 2009 09:48
Fabio Capello has assured Tottenham that he will be taking no chances with Ledley King's fitness.[LNB] The Spurs skipper has been included in the latest England squad despite suffering with a long-standing knee problem.[LNB]The niggling injury means King is unable to train on a regular basis, while he he cannot play more than one game a week.[LNB]A previous cartilage operation means his right knee swells up markedly after any form of strenuous exercise.[LNB]A number of impressive performances this season have earned him an international recall, though, regardless of the ongoing issues surrounding his fitness.[LNB]He has joined up with Capello's squad ahead of a friendly date with Slovakia and a 2010 World Cup qualifier against Ukraine and will be hoping to build on his haul of 19 caps.[LNB]MonitoredThe Football Association has promised Tottenham that King will not be pushed too hard, meaning he is unlikely to feature in both of the upcoming games.[LNB]"The England management have spoken to Tottenham Hotspur FC and explained that they will take no risks at all with Ledley King," said an FA spokesman.[LNB]"They fully understand the player's injury situation but they wanted to have a close look at him in the team environment as Ledley has not previously been part of a Fabio Capello squad.[LNB]"He will be monitored during the week by the England and Tottenham Hotspur medical staff before any decision on training or playing is made."[LNB]King has not played for England since turning out in a Euro 2008 qualifier against Estonia almost two years ago.[LNB]He was included in Capello's first squad, for a friendly against Switzerland, but was forced to withdraw through injury.[LNB]

Source: SKY_Sports