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Bassong gives Spurs injury boost

Sebastien Bassong
Sebastien Bassong has been given the all-clear after a head injury

Tottenham's Sebastien Bassong has eased his side's central defensive fitness problems after being given the all-clear following a head injury.

The defender was seen by a head and neck specialist after suffering concussion during Sunday's 3-0 defeat at Chelsea.

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp still has concerns over Ledley King, who will have a scan on a hamstring problem.

Michael Dawson (Achilles) and Jonathan Woodgate (groin) are already sidelined.

King's chronic knee problems means he does not train between matches but keeps fit by swimming and work in the gym and Redknapp feels that led to his injury at Stamford Bridge.

A club statement said: "Sebastien Bassong was back at Spurs Lodge for further assessment after being given the all-clear by a head and neck consultant at a hospital on Sunday evening.

"Ledley King will undergo a scan on his right hamstring after also being forced off with injury early on in the second half."

King, who said before the game that he hopes to win a place in Fabio Capello's squad for the 2010 World Cup finals, limped off in agony after trying to turn quickly to chase Didier Drogba and will have a scan on his hamstring.


"Ledley has done his hamstring," said Redknapp. "He's the most fantastic person and player, and he's so important for us, but if you don't train you can't just go out and play without doing hamstrings, groins or calves."

Right-back Vedran Corluka and midfielder Tom Huddlestone are Redknapp's best options as stand-in centre-backs, but he is hopeful that Dawson will be fit to face Preston in the Carling Cup on Wednesday.

Redknapp said: "Woodgate's nowhere near playing again. He went to see a specialist again yesterday and he just can't train.

Referee made a mistake - Redknapp

"We haven't got to the bottom of the injury at all, what's causing him discomfort. Dawson has a chance, he's the one."

Redknapp felt King's injury, plus referee Howard Webb's decision not to award Spurs a penalty when Ricardo Carvalho tangled with Robbie Keane in the area, were behind his side's defeat.

"At 1-0 down, with Ledley on the pitch, we were right in the game," added Redknapp, whose side have now lost their last two games after winning their first four matches of the season.

"Once we lost Ledley, we didn't have the power to deal with Drogba at the back.

If the referee thinks he's dived, he should have given him a card. Why didn't he give him a card?

Harry Redknapp on Robbie Keane's penalty appeal

"I said to (Spurs assistant boss) Kevin Bond as soon as Ledley went that I knew we couldn't handle him."

But most of Redknapp's frustration lay with Webb, who had also angered him last season when he awarded Manchester United a controversial penalty at Old Trafford which sparked a recovery by the home side from 2-0 down to win 5-2.

"After that one he apologised and said he'd made a mistake but it doesn't help you and unfortunately I feel he's made another mistake," added Redknapp.

"It was a penalty. If Robbie had fallen down when he first got caught, the referee would have given it.

"But he was too honest, and he tried to stay on his feet, that was the problem. He was losing his balance and he eventually went down. But if he had gone over to begin with, it would have been a nailed-on penalty.

"If the referee thinks he's dived, he should have given him a card. Why didn't he give him a card?"

Redknapp has already confirmed that Portsmouth loanee Jamie O'Hara will return to Tottenham in January.

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see also
Chelsea 3-0 Tottenham
20 Sep 09 |  Premier League
Ancelotti calm over Drogba injury
20 Sep 09 |  Chelsea
Sunday's Premier League as it happened
20 Sep 09 |  Football
King promises to continue playing
20 Sep 09 |  Tottenham

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