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Premier League clubs name their 25-man squads

Jonathan Woodgate celebrates
Woodgate scored the winner in Spurs' 2008 Carling Cup triumph

Jonathan Woodgate's future is further in doubt after Tottenham left the 30-year-old defender out of their 25-man Premier League squad because of injury.

Manchester United have included injury-plagued midfielder Owen Hargreaves, while striker Roque Santa Cruz makes Manchester City's roster.

Stoke have omitted forward Mamady Sidibe, who snapped an Achilles tendon.

Arsenal have not listed any Englishmen but Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere are among the English under-21 contingent.

Michael Kightly has also been left out of Wolves' squad for the first half of the season because of knee problems.

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The 24-year-old winger has not played since November 2009 and is likely to be sent out on loan once he is fully fit.

Hargreaves has made only a solitary substitute appearance in the last two years for Manchester United as he battles tendinitis.

Santa Cruz figures in City manager Roberto Mancini's 25-man Premier League squad, despite much speculation that the Paraguayan striker would not.

Santa Cruz joins up with Mario Balotelli, Carlos Tevez, Emmanuel Adebayor and Jo in a fearsome array of firepower which will be at Mancini's disposal.

The new Premier League rule required clubs to name a squad of 25 senior players by 1700 BST, 1 September, with only players under the age of 21 allowed to supplement that line-up until January.

The Premier League says the new rules are designed to increase the number of young "home-grown" players in the Premier League, with a long-term aim of giving more options to the England manager.

In August Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp said Woodgate might be forced to retire unless he underwent surgery on his injured groin.

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"He's been all around the world, he's seen two specialists and he's going to get one more opinion," said Redknapp.

"No-one could have tried harder but he just can't find a cure for it. The operation seems a last chance."

Former England defender Woodgate made only three appearances last season and has not played since November 2009.

Also omitted from the Spurs squad submitted to the Premier League today was goalkeeper Ben Alnwick, with new loan signing Stipe Pletikosa now providing back-up to Heurelho Gomes and Carlo Cudicini.



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see also
New Premier League squad rules explained
27 Jul 10 |  Premier League
Woodgate faces crucial operation
24 Aug 10 |  Tottenham
Woodgate faces Tottenham omission
27 Jul 10 |  Tottenham
Hargreaves rocked by new injury
08 Jul 10 |  Man Utd
Kightly on Wolves comeback trail
07 Jul 10 |  Wolves


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