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Woodgate's season could be over - Spurs boss Redknapp

Jonathan Woodgate
Woodgate has not played since November 2009 because of injury

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has revealed that centre-back Jonathan Woodgate's season could be over.

Redknapp said in August Woodgate could have to retire unless he has surgery on his troublesome groin injury.

The Spurs boss stated ahead of Saturday's trip to West Brom Woodgate is likely to be given an injection when he sees a specialist on Monday.

"If [the jab fails] we go down the road of an operation. That might be the rest of the season gone," Redknapp added.

Woodgate was left out of Tottenham's 25-man Premier League squad for the 2010-11 season because of injury and has not played since November 2009.

"It's such a shame. He is desperate to play, he loves to play football and it hurts him every day that he comes into the football club and he can't work," added Redknapp.

"We just hope it works this time. If he starts feeling he can't play he won't come back, he won't, so he is hopeful he will and we are. We are hopeful he recovers because he's a fantastic boy."


Redknapp suggested in August that surgery would be a "last chance" for Woodgate, who has endured an injury-ravaged career.

"He's been out to Australia, he was in America, he saw a couple of specialists and they felt maybe they had got to the bottom of the problem," the Spurs boss said at the time

"But he came back and started pre-season, and after a couple of days he had the same symptoms - it hadn't cleared up.

"Two specialists have said now that his only chance is to have the operation. Whatever it takes we'll back him 100%, we would love to see him back and we just hope he can get it sorted."

Woodgate has managed only 64 appearances since joining Tottenham from Middlesbrough for £8m in January 2008. He previously played for Leeds, Newcastle and Real Madrid.

Redknapp has further injury woes in the shape of striker Jermain Defoe, who is expected to be out for six weeks after injuring his ankle in England's 3-1 win over Switzerland on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old forward is likely to miss Tottenham's Champions League group-stage games at Werder Bremen on 14 September and at home to FC Twente on 29 September.

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Redknapp eyes England manager job
10 Sep 10 |  Football
Defoe ruled out for three months
10 Sep 10 |  Tottenham
Woodgate left out of Spurs squad
01 Sep 10 |  Premier League
Woodgate faces crucial operation
24 Aug 10 |  Tottenham
Injury curtails Woodgate's season
12 Mar 10 |  Tottenham
Spurs win chase to sign Woodgate
28 Jan 08 |  Tottenham

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