Tottenham's hopes of having Luka Modric back in the first team in the next few weeks have been dashed, after Harry Redknapp conceded that his return is still some way off.
The skilful Croatian has been out of the side since August, having broken his leg following a challenge with Lee Bowyer, but was expected to make a return to the first team picture this week.
However it appears the injury has yet to heal properly and Redknapp is undecided when Modric is likely to return:
"He is still quite a way away,"
"The leg is very tender, and he is very hesitant on his leg still.
"So he still a long way away really. I was hopeful he'd be close after the international break but he hasn't recovered really. He's not happy with it at the moment.
"I wouldn't like to put a time on it. We started him trying to jog last Friday but he's very tender with it." (PA)