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Tottenham's Jermain Defoe may avoid groin surgery

Jermain defoe scores to put Spurs 2-0 up in the win against Young Boys
Defoe scored against Young Boys on Wednesday

Jermain Defoe's scheduled groin surgery may not take place at all, Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has revealed.

Spurs striker Defoe was due to have an operation on Tuesday, with an expected absence of two to four weeks.

But, after scoring in Wednesday's 4-0 Champions League play-off win over Young Boys, Defoe now feels his groin is "OK", according to Redknapp.

Defoe could, therefore, be available for England's Euro 2012 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Switzerland.

England boss Fabio Capello's side take on the Bulgarians at Wembley on Friday, 3 September, followed by a trip to Basel to take on Ottmar Hitzfeld's Swiss side four days later.

Spurs, though, will assess the problem again after Saturday's Premier League match against Wigan at White Hart Lane.

Redknapp said: "If there's no pain [after the Wigan game] then he won't have to have the op. If he feels it then we'll get the op done."


Redknapp had previously stated he was keen for Defoe to have the surgery despite the 27-year-old's positive assessment of the injury.

"I would rather he get it done, I don't want it dragging on all year for him," Redknapp had said.

"There is a fortnight [international] break coming up and he could be fit in three weeks if he has it done on Tuesday.

Defoe had been due to have the operation last Thursday but the German specialist who recently performed a similar operation on team-mate Alan Hutton was unavailable until next week.

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