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Harry Redknapp fears over Ledley King's fitness

Ledley King
King is set to be on the sidelines for at least a month

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has expressed concern that the fitness of injury prone centre-back Ledley King is deteriorating even further.

King, 30, struggles to play more than one game a week because of knee injuries that also limit his training.

And after Redknapp saw his captain suffer a groin injury on Saturday, he said: "His problem is he can't train. He's been doing that for several years.

"But I think now he's picking up one or two more injuries."

King was forced off just before half-time of Spurs' victory at Fulham and Redknapp revealed the player will be out "for a while".

"It's such a shame for him; he's such a great player," added Redknapp.

"When you don't train, you pick up injuries. If I go out and start trying to sprint up that pitch now without training, I'm going to go and tear a hamstring, or do a groin, or do a calf or something.

"And that's Ledley's problem. He can't train."

Redknapp revealed he "gambled" on playing King against the Cottagers, with the intention of leaving him out of Wednesday's Champions League clash against Inter Milan.

"I thought, 'I'm better off getting two games out of him'," said the Tottenham boss, who had hoped to play King in Saturday's match with Everton but now looks to be without him for at least the next month.

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Spurs' latest injury has provided yet another defensive headache for Redknapp, who has used 11 different centre-back pairings this season and was only able to pair King with summer signing William Gallas for the first time on Saturday.

Gallas has also endured an injury hit start to life at White Hart Lane and Saturday's match was his first appearance for a month.

"He came out Thursday morning - first time he's been able to train," said Redknapp of the former Arsenal captain.

"I was pleased with what he did back there for us. Sebastien Bassong came on and coped well at the back with him as well."

That partnership, which kept a second-half clean sheet in yesterday's 2-1 win, will be retained on Wednesday, with Younes Kaboul unlikely to be ready to return from his hamstring problem and regular captain Michael Dawson also unavailable.

Redknapp added of Gallas: "He's got to play - there's no-one else!

"Whether you can get three games in a week out of him, though, is going to be difficult.

"I'll probably have to take a chance on Wednesday."



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Fulham 1-2 Tottenham
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