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Wednesday 16 November 2011

King injuries frustrate Redknapp

Tottenham boss admits defender is facing another spell on sidelines

Tottenham's Ledley King breaks down during the weekend's 2-2 draw at St James' Park

Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has expressed sympathy for the Club's captain Ledley King after he suffered yet another injury.

The 31-year-old has endured a terrible few seasons of injuries and he was forced to come off after only 30 minutes of the 2-2 draw at Newcastle on Sunday because of an abductor muscle problem.

King was replaced by French defender Sebastien Bassong and Redknapp has revealed he will be missing from the starting line-up for "a while".

"He's got an abductor strain," said Redknapp after the thrilling encounter at St James' Park. "He's a fantastic player but his knee blows up like a balloon every time he plays so he can't train.

"He plays on a Saturday and comes out the following Friday and has a jog for five minutes and then plays on the Saturday again.

"His body is nowhere near fit so he's always open to pulling muscles and getting strains. That's what happened at Newcastle.

"I wouldn't like to say how long he's going to be out for, but it will be a while I think."

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Key Points

  • King limped off after 30 minutes against Magpies
  • Redknapp says player suffered abductor strain
  • Will be out of Tottenham's starting line-up for a while