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Woodgate's injury woe a worry for Spurs

CONCERN is growing at Tottenham Hotspur about Jonathan Woodgate's groin injury, which has shown little sign of improvement despite surgery at the end of last season.

The defender has made only three appearances in this campaign and the club admitted last night that they do not know what the underlying problem is, or when he will return. Woodgate travelled to the United States in the summer to consult the specialist who operated on his back four years ago, but he was forced to concede defeat soon after his return in October.

Injections have failed to remedy the problem and another operation has been ruled out. There have been some signs that his work in the gym has strengthened the groin area, but there is no timeframe for his return to training.

"It is just a case of trying to get to the bottom of what is causing the problem," Redknapp said. "He has had a few operations on that area and we are finding it difficult to solve the problem.

"Hopefully when he comes back, he will be able to train properly. Woodgate is down, of course. Hopefully in a couple of weeks it could go away in the same way as it came."

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