Tottenham hit with injury blow

Tottenham skipper Ledley King will be sidelined for a month with a groin injury, as the latest knock is not a bad as first feared by boss Harry Redknapp.

The former England international was forced off the field in Spurs’ 2-2 draw with Newcastle on Sunday at St James’ Park, in the latest of a long line of injuries for the defender.

However, with fears that the cultured centre back could be out until the new year, it has been released that he has suffered a grade one tear of his groin muscle, which is not as serious as it could have been.

King could realistically be back in action for the London side after next month’s international break, with the first fixture after the friendlies for Tottenham being against Aston Villa.

The news will be music to Redknapp’s ears, but for the time being he is down to two fit centre halves in the form of Sebastian Bassong and Younes Kaboul, as both William Gallas and Michael Dawson are unavailable through injury also.

With King entering the last year of his current contract at Tottenham, Redknapp has challenged him to play at least 20 games this season in order to show the club that he still has the ability to contribute to the side’s fortunes.

By Gareth McKnight