Harry Redknapp breathed a sigh of relief yesterday when the Spurs medical Team confirmed Michael Dawson’s injury is not as bas as first feared. Scans today (Saturday) have revealed that Michael Dawson has sprained his left medial knee ligament and one of his left ankle ligaments and is expected to be out of action for six to eight weeks.
“First of all, it’s a big blow for Michael and a great shame for him,” said Harry.
“To be honest, watching it live, I thought it could have been worse than it’s turned out.
“It could have been his cruciate ligament and that would have been the end of the season for him but as it is, it’s not such a long job and he should be back in a couple of months.”
Even though we have cover in central defence with the likes of Younes Kaboul, Tom Huddlestone and Vedran Corluka, Harry stressed the importance of the experience William will bring to the club playing alongside the likes of Ledley King and Sebastien Bassong in that key central area.
“Woody’s struggling, Ledley can’t play every game and you also have to remember that Michael had an Achilles injury last season, so it was always a position we needed to do something in and that’s why we did it (signed Gallas),” added Harry.
“Seb was excellent for us last season and we’ve got decent cover in there, players who can come in and do a job, but you also need experience. Ledley’s got experience, Michael’s got experience and now William’s experience will be invaluable.
“He’ll give us a bit of know-how and a real presence. You don’t do what he’s done in the game without being a top, top player and he’s got all the medals to show for it.”
Phew! good news indeed for our rough diamond who, albeit sometimes needs a bit of polish, there’s no doubting he will be sorely missed for anything longer than forecasted. Although prone to the occasional mistake and often criticised for the Dawson ‘hoof’ the personable Michael is a firm favourite with the fans and it is also believed ‘blue’ blood courses through his veins. I know I echo the thoughts of many when I say ‘SPEEDY RECOVERY DAWS’Follow @TrfficTottenham