Kind of news that Harry needed like a hole in the head

Football FanCast guest columnist Nigel Atkins feels that Harry needed these injury blows like a hole in the head.

If Harry Redknapp didn't have enough to deal with knowing that he has to play three of the big four in the opening six games of the season, then the prospect of not having any of your first choice centre half's fit for selection is a bitter pill and in many ways just Spurs' luck.

Whilst news of Ledley's fitness problems are nothing new, the fact that Woodgate is off to America to see a specialist about his groin and that Dawson has picked up an Achilles injury against the over exuberant Bournemouth side leaves Harry with a selection headache already and may in fact force his hand in the transfer market.

I have never known us start a season with a fully fit or prepared squad, which must clearly play a part in our notoriously slow starts. Although Harry has played it down and suggested that the situation can be resolved with Tom Huddlestone coming in alongside Corluka or giving Dorian Dervite his long awaited chance, the fact still remains that the likes of Woodgate and Dawson in particular are not going to have any pre-season under their belts therefore they are will have to rely on Premier League games in order to regain their match sharpness and fitness.

Unfortunately that is one of the downfalls of scrapping the reserve team this year as it prevents this very scenario. I accept that in terms of developing the younger element it may well be beneficial to send them out on loan, but established first teamers need games to get themselves ready before they are thrown into the rigours of the Premier League. This will subsequently mean they'll arrive woefully unprepared and we could end up suffering as a result of it.


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