Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is worried that Ledley King will never return to the Tottenham team, as the former England international continues to struggle with injuries.
King was included on the bench against AC Milan but didn’t come on as William Gallas and Michael Dawson defended brilliantly to keep out the Italian league leaders.
30 year-old King has had a chronic knee problem for several years, which has prevented him from training, but King had managed to continue playing once a week through the pain.
It seems that playing without training has finally caught up with the rest of his body, as King has suffered from groin and hamstring injuries as well this season, and hasn’t played since October.
“He’s got a problem with his groin and I’m not sure, really,” said Redknapp. “I took a gamble with him on Wednesday night, but I don’t know.
“He’s got away with not training all week and playing on Saturday but I think it’s starting to catch up on him now. You can’t keep doing that for ever, you have to train.
“It’s crazy that you can not train once all week and then come in on a Saturday and be the best player.
“Now he’s finding it more difficult – suddenly he’s starting to pick up a few more injures.
“We’re just keeping our fingers crossed for him and Jonathan Woodgate, because they’re two fantastic centre-halves.
“We’re lucky that Michael Dawson has been brilliant and William Gallas has come in for us and done a great job for us as well.”