Ledley King groin injury is not as bad a first feared

18 October 2011 12:25
Ledley King could be back in action far sooner than Spurs fans feared after their captain suffered a groin injury at Newcastle on Sunday, with a possible return fixture against Fulham on November 6.

Tottenham have revealed King's injury is only a grade one tear and if the centre-back can recover without any setbacks he could feature in the London derby, but with the international break that follows he is certain make a full return on November 21.

Groin pain: Ledley King suffers yet another injury

The injury setback had raised initial concerns over King's future with the 31-year-old in his final year of his contract Redknapp set him the challenge of playing 20 matches in order to earn a new one.

But the recent good news means King will only miss a maximum of four games and can return to add to his current league appearances of four games so far this season.

King has been plagued with injuries throughout his career, most notably a chronic knee that prevents him from training full-time, and joins fellow defenders Michael Dawson [Achilles] and William Gallas [calf] on the sidelines. 

Worrying times: Redknapp fears another long-term injury to King

Spurs are now left to rely on the club's only fit senior centre-backs Younes Kaboul and Sebastien Bassong for their Europa League home game against Rubin Kazan on Thursday and at Blackburn in the league on Sunday.

Thankfully for Redknapp he has no lack of options in midfield and is likely to rest Scott Parker, Luka Modric, Rafael van der Vaart and Emmanuel Adebayor against Rubin, allowing young midfielder Tom Carroll to grab another opportunity.

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Source: Daily_Mail