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Tainio blow hits Spurs
07 Oct 2006 - 10:40:09
Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Teemu Tainio faces at least a month on the sidelines after undergoing surgery to repair a hernia.
The 26-year-old midfielder went under the knife on Thursday, after withdrawing from the Finland squad for the Euro 2008 qualifiers against Armenia and Kazakhstan.
Spurs boss Martin Jol told the club's official website: "It's a blow for Teemu.
"He had the operation on Thursday and I would expect him to be out for at least four weeks, probably more."
Tainio moved to White Hart Lane from French side Auxerre in the summer of 2005, but has struggled with a number of niggles that have restricted him to 26 league starts for the club.