Lennon in World Cup fitness fight but King could still make the finals

13 March 2010 12:04
Aaron Lennon faces a race to be fit for the World Cup, with his Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp admitting he has no idea when the electrifying winger will play again.[LNB] Lennon suffered an injury setback last month, having already been sidelined for two months, after suffering more tears in his troublesome groin muscles.[LNB] Wing man: Aaron Lennon was 'absolutely flying' before his injury[LNB] And Redknapp revealed he could not be sure that Lennon, 22, would play again this season, placing his chances of boarding the plane to South Africa in jeopardy. [LNB]'We have lost Aaron Lennon for God knows how long and he was absolutely flying,' said Redknapp, whose team face Blackburn. [LNB]'He has not started outside work again, not running or anything so we're going to wait and see with him. I couldn't sit here and say for sure (he will play again this season). I hope he's going to be fit.'[LNB] With the likes of Theo Walcott, Shaun Wright- Phillips, James Milner and David Beckham all vying with Lennon for the England right-wing berth, the Spurs star will be desperately hoping he can get some game time under his belt before Fabio Capello names his provisional 30- man World Cup squad on May 30.[LNB] There was better news on Ledley King's return from a thigh injury, with the defender expected to return within a fortnight. [LNB]And Redknapp still has a sneaking suspicion King (right) will be included in Capello's plans.[LNB] But Tottenham fans will not see Jonathan Woodgate in action again this season after he had surgery in Australia yesterday in the hope of curing his groin problem.[LNB] Redknapp added: 'There were a couple of options and they feel they've got the right answer so we'll have to wait and see. He'll spend the next few weeks recovering in Australia.'[LNB] Jermaine Jenas is on the road to recovery after a successful hernia operation, but Redknapp could be left short in central midfield with the combative Wilson Palacios a yellow card away from a two-match ban.[LNB] Redknapp has set his players the target of 19 points from their remaining 10 games if Tottenham are to stand a chance of Champions League football next season by finishing fourth.[LNB] 'We are going to have win six games I would think and get a draw somewhere out of some very tough games.[LNB] 'We have got Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal and are away to Stoke and Sunderland. It is a big ask and we have got a really tough run-in,' he said. [LNB] [LNB]  

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