Fresh injury blow for Woody

Woodgate has endured a torrid time with injury in recent seasons,

but made his first-team comeback as a substitute in last month’s

1-0 win away to AC Milan. He then suffered a groin problem and was

building up his fitness in a friendly game against Barnet on

Tuesday. However, the 31-year-old limped off with a calf injury and

he will now miss next week’s quarter-final European trip to his

former club Real. Woodgate is battling to earn a new contract at

Spurs and manager Harry Redknapp admits it is a blow to lose the

centre-half. “It’s not good news – a real blow to him and the

club,” Redknapp told The Sun. “He had been training well recently

and I was hoping to feature him against Real next week. “He’ll

still travel with us as part of the squad. Real is his old club and

this match means so much to him.”