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Jul 262010
 

Writing’s on the wall as Woody fails to make cut of 25 …..

End Of The Line - Woodgate Set To Retire ?

The knee injury which has sidelined Jonathon Woodgate since November last year looks set to result in the end of the former England man’s career.

After Harry Redknapp said last week that July was a “make or break” month for his injury prone centre half, he now appears set to omit Woody from his squad of 25 players to be handed to the Premier League by 1st September.

Once that deadline has passed, Woodgate would not be eligible for squad registration for league matches again until the transfer window reopens in January.

He was back running again at the start of pre season training and there looked to be hope, but he has spent most sessions working away from the rest of the squad and Redknapp said last night: “Jonathan will not be fit for the start of the season. “He’s in a position where he can’t train or kick a ball.”

With Champions League football on the way, Redknapp will want a squad of players who he considers fit and reliable and unfortunately he will not see Woodgate in that bracket.

Won't Happen - Milner & Young

With no sign of a return in the near future, you would expect an announcement from the club or player in the coming weeks.

Whatever he decides, I’m sure all supporters will wish him well.

Meanwhile, Harry Redknapp has distanced himself from reports linking the club with a bid for Manchester City target James Milner.

Redknapp was thought to be monitoring City’s progress with the player but when asked by Sky Sports News, he said :

“No, we wouldn’t be able to.

“Anybody would like James Milner, he’s an outstanding young player, but he’d be way out of our depth.”

Redknapp was also linked with Milner’s Villa teammate Ashley Young at the weekend but quashed that speculation  aswell by saying :

“Again, I wouldn’t think they’d want to sell Ashley Young.

“He is a good player but he belongs to Villa. We’ve not made any enquiries for him at all.”

Jul 092010
 

Uruguay world cup star reopens door back to the Premiership but could it be career over for Spurs’ England defender?

Change of heart? Forlan refuses to rule out move back to England.

Supposed Redknapp target Diego Forlan has refused to rule out a move away from Atletico Madrid this summer.

The Uruguayan striker is chasing the Golden Boot at this summer’s World Cup in South Africa having already scored four goals in his country’s route to Saturday’s third place play off against the Germans.

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has been open when speaking of his admiration of Forlan, but the former Man Utd man has previously ruled out a return to the Premier League.

The striker struggled during his spellat Old Trafford, however, he has since flourished with more than 100 goals in Spain for Villareal and Atletico to draw the attention of a number of top clubs around Europe.

And Forlan admits that he would consider a summer move, telling Sky Sports News: “They have to be a good offer and we have to see.

“I am very happy in Madrid and the way the city and the team are always with me.

“(But) you never know. If it is a good offer we have to see if the team wants me to leave or not and then we have to sit and talk.”

End of the Road? Woody suffers yet more injury woe!

Meanwhile one player for whom the future does not look quite so bright is our injury jinxed England centre half Jonathon Woodgate.

Woodgate is running out of time to save his Spurs career, according to boss Harry Redknapp.

Woodgate played the disappointing total of only three games last season and failed to manage a single appearence from November onwards.

Redknapp has now warned the 30 year-old he will have ‘big problems’ if a persistent groin injury is not cured soon.

“We’ve really got to monitor him and see where he’s at because it’s been a year now for Jonathan and he’s really got to be coming back and playing now” said Redknapp.

“If he doesn’t, if he’s not going to be back pretty soon, he’s got big problems, so it is an area we’re looking at. Sebastien Bassong did well for us last year so we’ll see how we go.”

Woody will always be remembered by Spurs fans for his winner against Chelsea in the League Cup final, but sentiment can only take you so far and if he fails to recover soon we won’t be too disappointed to see him removed from the payroll. For a player once considered to be Englands’s best centre half, it could be a very sad end to what could have been such a great career!

Behold, The Unluckiest Man In Football…

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Jun 152010
 

Step up Ledley King, as we all know the England and Tottenham center half is likely to be out for the next 3 weeks. How does this rate on the luck scale? well when you consider Ledley last played a major tournament for England in Euro 2004 but had to fly home during the group stages after an impressive performance agaisnt France due to the birth of his first child (Yes it was a bit awful timing but it showed Ledley to be the true decent,honest and loyal man he is). I’d say his luck is off the scale.

Since 2004, Ledley has been plagued by his mysterious knee injury which prevents him training with the rest of the team. After each match his knee swells up and he is in pain for a few days. On average now if other injuries permit he can manage 1 game a week for Tottenham. The most amazing part of this story is the fact that Ledley is still one of the best defenders in the Premier League, he was instrumental in Tottenham finishing in the top 4 for the first time this season.

King picked up a groin injury agaisnt USA in Englands World Cup opening match, a scan has revealed a tear which is likley to mean 3 weeks out for Ledley and probably the end of his tournament. He has had the worst luck in football from a personal point of view in the last 5 years, god only knows how good he could have been if he wasn’t cursed with a crocked knee. Harry Redknapp himself even says it would be scary to think just how good this guy could be because he is one of the best defenders around and doesn’t even train. It defies all logic.

It is a shame but I am glad his talent has been seen by Capello and he got his chance, I just hope that Dawson is the man to replace him although somehow I doubt it. All Spurs fans know just how good King and Dawson are and could do a job for England. The only thing that bugs me is all the non Tottenham fans coming out and saying this just proves that Ledley should never have gone to South Africa. Do they even know that this is a completely new injury that King has picked up? do they even care? No!, they just jump on the Ledley King bandwagon. Let me tell you that if Ledders had managed to keep himself fit all his career I would bet my life he would have been England captain, he has the attitude,ability and character.

When it comes to football I declare Ledley King the unluckiest man in recent times, but maybe it is a blessing in disguise because if he had kept fit would he still be a Tottenham player? my heart says yes but who knows what big offers would have come in for him.