Jonathan Woodgate was omitted from Tottenham’s 25-man Premier League squad for the 2010-11 season because of injury and has not played since November 2009. Speculation over the future of a much cherished player has bubbled consistently for the entirety of the huge period he has been unable to play.
Whilst everyone wishes him the best, the reality is that Redknapp has already made efforts to shore up the defence in his absence with the signing of William Gallas. Also there is a constant question mark over Ledley King combined with a clear desire to sell Alan Hutton, so it will be interesting to see how the situation develops at the back for a team that see itself as contenders in all major competitions this season.
“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,”
“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.”
“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,”
“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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