Ledley King suffered a torn muscle towards the end of a training session with Tottenham Hotspur yesterday afternoon.
It was originally felt that the 30 year old, capped 21 times by England, would require surgery; however upon further inspection from club staff it was held that this was not required. Instead the defender will undergo further rehabilitation work on the torn groin muscle, which he originally picked up during a Premier League match against London rivals Fulham back in October. King also picked up a similar injury during England’s first match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, against the USA.
This injury adds to the long list suffered by the Spurs captain who has suffered from long term knee problems which restrict King to playing no more than one match per week in the latter part of his career. Despite these injury issues King, born in Stepney, London, has gone on to amass over 200 Premier League appearances for the White Hart Lane club. Furthermore he has also played in both Euro 2004 in Portugal as well as last summer’s World Cup in South Africa, but was not named in England’s squad for the 2006 World Cup, held in Germany, again due to injury.
Tottenham will now be without King, who made his debut in 1998 and is the clubs longest serving current player, for their upcoming Champions League ties against AC Milan, but it is hoped he will be back before the end of the season.