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Injury ends Spurs defender Jonathan Woodgate's season

Jonathan Woodgate
Woodgate joined Spurs from Real Madrid in January 2008

Tottenham have confirmed that defender Jonathan Woodgate will miss the rest of the season following an operation on his long-standing groin injury.

Spurs manager Harry Redknapp revealed that Woodgate underwent surgery in Australia on Thursday and will remain there for three weeks to recuperate.

"The people there feel they have the right answer. There is no real chance he'll play this season," said Redknapp.

Woodgate, 30, has made only three appearances for Tottenham this season.

His last game was the 9-1 win over Wigan at White Hart Lane on 22 November.

Spurs will also be without captain Ledley King for another two weeks as he recovers from a thigh injury.

King, 29, has been out since picking up the problem in the 3-0 victory at Wigan on 21 February.

The England international is ordinarily an automatic choice for Tottenham but cannot play games in rapid succession and rarely trains because of a chronic knee condition, which leaves him susceptible to further injury.

Midfielders Tom Huddlestone, Jermaine Jenas, Aaron Lennon and David Bentley are also currently in the treatment room.


However, Redknapp has been boosted ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash against Blackburn at White Lane with the news that top scorer Jermain Defoe, who started on the bench last weekend against Fulham because of a tight hamstring, is set to return to the starting line-up.

England international Woodgate has suffered a succession of injuries throughout his career.

He made only 10 appearances in three seasons for Real Madrid after joining the Spanish side from Newcastle in 2004.

A back injury kept Woodgate out of the 2006 World Cup but he appeared to have put his problems behind him at White Hart Lane, where he started 34 Premier League games last term.

However, he missed pre-season because of his groin injury, despite having had an operation on the area at the end of the 2008/09 season, and was forced to have further, minor surgery for the same problem in August of last year.

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Spurs suffer Huddlestone setback
02 Mar 10 |  Tottenham
Redknapp backs King for World Cup
08 Feb 10 |  Tottenham
King promises to continue playing
20 Sep 09 |  Tottenham
Tottenham hit by Woodgate injury
11 Aug 09 |  Tottenham
Woodgate fears World Cup omission
24 Nov 09 |  Internationals

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