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Burley saddened by Hutton injury

Alan Hutton
Hutton was out for eight months with a broken leg when with Rangers in 2005

George Burley says the news that Alan Hutton could be out of action for up to five months is a "massive blow."

The Tottenham full-back requires an operation to repair a foot fracture that delayed the start of his season.

"This is obviously very bad news for Alan, his club and for Scotland," said Scotland boss Burley.

"It's a massive blow for us that he looks like he will need an operation. He's a big player for us and we wish him a speedy recovery."

The 23-year-old picked up the injury to his right foot at the start of the season but returned last month and played 90 minutes for Scotland against Argentina on 19 November.

Now it looks like the player could be missing until around May, meaning he would miss his club's Uefa Cup campaign and Scotland's important World Cup qualifier against the Netherlands in March.

Hutton's return to the national team was viewed as a boost ahead of the match in Amsterdam, given his excellent performances during Scotland's ultimately unsuccessful European Championship campaign.


"When he was coming back from the injury the last time, we kept in touch with him throughout his rehabilitation and it was great to have him back for the Argentina match," said Burley.

On Wednesday, Spurs manager Harry Redknapp said his player had had a scan at the start of the week, which highlighted the severity of the problem.

"It's quite serious, it is certainly going to be a few months. It looks like it will be long term," said Redknapp.

"It's the same injury that kept him out at the start of the year and they decided not to operate and it seems to have flared up again."

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see also
NEC Nijmegen v Tottenham
25 Nov 08 |  Europe
Ferguson hails Tottenham's Hutton
14 Sep 08 |  Internationals
Scotland 0-1 Argentina
19 Nov 08 |  Internationals
Hutton targets start for Scotland
11 Nov 08 |  Internationals
Tottenham 1-0 Blackburn
23 Nov 08 |  Premier League
Spurs complete signing of Hutton
30 Jan 08 |  Tottenham

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