Harry Redknapp has hailed Ledley King as unbelievable after the Tottenham
captain came through 120 minutes of the Carling Cup final.
The White Hart Lane centre half needs regular rest to make the big games for Spurs, but he showed little sign of vulnerability during Sunday's marathon final.
Helping hand: Ledley King (standing, right) assists as Michael Dawson goes down with cramp at Wembley
Redknapp's men were ultimately beaten by Manchester United in a penalty shoot-out, but the boss was full of praise for King, who played at Hull on Monday before managing his second game in six days without training in between.
'Ledley can't train and yet goes out and plays extra time, doesn't get cramp or anything,' Redknapp told the Spurs website. 'He's unbelievable.
'How he gets through it I don't know. He doesn't train at all and yet he's fit to play a game like that for two hours - amazing.'
However, Spurs could feel the cost when they face Middlesbrough at home on Wednesday. King is a doubt, while Jonathan Woodgate missed Sunday's match with an achilles injury and Michael Dawson suffered cramp.
'Michael Dawson is my best chance,' said the boss. 'That's the problem. We play again on Wednesday.
'Aaron Lennon also seized up with cramp in the end but he was terrific.
'I thought he gave Evra, who along with Ashley Cole is the best left-back in the Premier League, a torrid time.'