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Redknapp reveals Woodgate could season could be over


Written by Football Talk.

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has revealed that centre-back Jonathan Woodgate could miss the rest of the season if the latest attempt to clear up a groin injury fails.

As he prepared for Saturday’s trip to West Brom, Redknapp said Woodgate would be given an injection when he visits a specialist on Monday, but if it didn’t clear things up his season could be over. Woodgate has not played since November 2009 and has not been included in Tottenham’s 25-man Premier League squad list and Redknapp is eager to get him back on the field.

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

“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.

This latest attempt to resolve the groin problem comes off the back of Redknapp claiming Woodgate’s surgery in August was his ‘last chance’ and being the wrong side of 30, nobody would be surprised if the defender was forced to hang up his boots after an injury plagued 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.”

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