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Aaron Lennon struggling to regain fitness - Redknapp

Aaron Lennon
Lennon has not played in 2010 because of the groin problem

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp admits winger Aaron Lennon is "quite a way off" being fit with the start of the World Cup less than three months away.

Lennon suffered an setback last month, having already been sidelined for two months with groin muscle tears.

Asked on BBC Radio 5 live's Sportsweek programme if Lennon was a World Cup doubt, Redknapp said "I hope not.

"I hope he's going to be okay. I hope he'll play for us before the end of the season. He's desperate to get fit."

Redknapp, whose side have made light of Lennon's recent absence by going fourth in the Premier League table, added: "It must be frustrating for Aaron, we just can't get him right.


He's had a few goes and broken down. He's been back to the specialist. We're taking our time again, building up his strength in the groin area.

"He works every day with the physios and hopefully he will be working back outside shortly but he's not ready to join the group again. He's quite a way off.

"He could suddenly see a bit of light and come back and if he does then he could be ready [for the World Cup]. Four or five weeks, we'll have to wait and see."

England coach Fabio Capello is already contemplating the possibility of travelling to South Africa without first-choice left-back Ashley Cole, who is recovering from a broken ankle.

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