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Tottenham's Jonathan Woodgate plays in training match

Jonathan Woodgate
Woodgate joined Spurs from Middlesbrough in 2008

Tottenham centre-back Jonathan Woodgate continued his recovery from a career-threatening groin injury by taking part in a training-ground game on Wednesday.

The 30-year-old has been out of action since November 2009 and has undergone a series of operations on the problem.

He returned to training towards the end of 2010 and played for 45 minutes in a 9-2 Tottenham XI win over QPR.

"Woody was outstanding," Spurs' technical co-ordinator Tim Sherwood told the club's website.

"He's not played for such a long time, but it was as if he'd never been away."

Midfielder Jamie O'Hara, who has yet to feature this season because of a back injury, also played in the first half.

The 24-year-old's last competitive action was in Portsmouth's FA Cup final defeat by Chelsea last May.

He has not played for Tottenham since August 2009 and reports suggest O'Hara could be on his way out of White Hart Lane as soon as he proves his fitness, with West Ham speculated to be interested in signing him.


Woodgate, too, could leave the club before the close of the transfer window - although manager Harry Redknapp will only consider a loan move to help the centre-half recover fitness after such a long time on the sidelines.

"I would be willing to do that just to give him some games," Redknapp said in December.

New signing Bongani Khumalo, the South Africa international defender, also featured in the match.

Tottenham's goals came through Robbie Keane (2), Giovani dos Santos (2), Ryan Mason, Niko Kranjcar, Nathan Byrne, Simon Dawkins and Massimo Luongo.

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see also
Woodgate's season 'could be over'
09 Sep 10 |  Tottenham
Woodgate faces crucial operation
24 Aug 10 |  Tottenham
Injury curtails Woodgate's season
12 Mar 10 |  Tottenham

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