Jonathan Woodgate is struggling to recover from his groin injury, and Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp admits the club are running out of ideas to help the defender return to full fitness.
Woodgate, 29, had an operation in the United States at the end of last season and minor surgery kept him out of Spurs' pre-season games. But, despite an injection in the affected area, Woodgate is still making little progress.
Redknapp said: 'He's had the injection but it doesn't seem to havedone the trick really. I don't know if he can have another operation.He's had so many. I don't know what the next step is.
'Everyone comes up with different opinions. It's difficult. Some people want to inject it; others want an operation.
'It's the same injury he's had since last season. When you get thattype of injury they're the worst. With a broken ankle at least you knowwhat you're dealing with. But these injuries can drag on forever.'
Redknappsaid Woodgate had not visited Serb housewife Mariana Kovacevi - whomthe Tottenham boss called the 'Horse Whisperer', a reference to herreputation for using horse placenta to speed up athletes' recovery frominjury - and added: 'It's a shame, he's such a good player. When he'sfit he's fantastic so it's a big blow for him. He's good enough forEngland. He's top class.'
Speaking ahead of Sunday's trip to Everton, Redknapp said the Barclays Premier League is the 'most open' it has ever been and reiterated Tottenham's desire to break into the top four this season.
He said: 'We've got the players here and, if they can stay fit, there's no reason why we shouldn't be challenging for that top four.
'I don't think we need too much in the window but then, come the summer, you might want to improve in one or two positions.
'If you can buy the right players, if Daniel (Levy, the chairman) says, 'Go and buy two fantastic players in the summer', who knows what we can achieve?'
Redknapp also admitted discussions to take Brazil Under 20 captain Sandro to White Hart Lane from Internacional are at an advanced stage.
He said: 'It's something we're interested in and the chairman is well down the road with it. We're also looking around for a goalkeeper but I haven't got near to bringing anyone in.'
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