Redknapp reeling ahead of Real tie

Just five days ahead of the club’s Champions League

quarter-final first leg against Real Madrid, Spurs have been

plunged into an injury crisis in defence. Boss Harry Redknapp

revealed on Thursday that club captain Ledley King requires a

second operation on the groin problem that has kept him out of

action since October, while William Gallas suffered a knee injury

that could rule him out of Tuesday’s game at the Bernabeu. With

Younes Kaboul out with a thigh strain and Jonathan Woodgate

sidelined by a calf injury, Redknapp only has Michael Dawson and

Sebastien Bassong fit to play at Wigan this weekend. With the

biggest match in the club’s history against a Real Madrid team

consisting of the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Emmanuel Adebayor

just around the corner, Redknapp admits his defensive troubles are

a big concern to him. “We started the year with six central

defenders here. Now we have two,” Redknapp told Sky Sports News.

“We have lost Ledley King, it looks like he will have to have an

operation that will finish his season. “Jonathan Woodgate was

making good progress but got a calf injury in a friendly against

Barnet and Younes Kaboul is still out with a thigh strain. “William

Gallas has been for a scan on his knee today. He struggled at the

weekend and we are now down to having just Michael Dawson and

Sebastien Bassong.” Redknapp is also desperately waiting to hear

whether Gareth Bale will be fit for Tuesday’s match in the Spanish

capital. The 21-year-old withdrew from Wales’ squad to face England

with a hamstring strain and is now a major doubt for the club’s

next two matches. The Welshman, who has played a big part in

getting Tottenham to the quarter-finals, had only just recovered

from a back injury before picking up his latest knock. Redknapp

plans to leave a decision on whether the star winger will play

until the last minute. “Gareth worked with the fitness coaches and

he looked OK this morning,” Redknapp added. “Whether he is OK to

play two games this weekend is doubtful. “We will have a look at

that tomorrow and decide which way to go with it. “We are going to

leave it late. We’d love to have him fit but if he isn’t fit then

we can’t play him.” The Spurs boss is confident that his side will

be able to give Real a good match in Spain even if Bale does not

play next week. “We have other good players here who can play on

the left,” Redknapp said. “Niko Kranjcar has just gone off and had

a couple of games for Croatia. Steven Pienaar is fit now too.”

There was better news for the club with regard to Aaron Lennon’s

fitness. The winger pulled out of England’s game against Ghana with

a hamstring injury but Tottenham are confident that he will be fit

for Saturday’s game at the DW Stadium. “Aaron is OK. He trained

this morning. There isn’t any problem with him,” Redknapp said. “He

met up with England and stayed with them for 10 days, felt his

hamstring was tight and we didn’t want to risk him going so he

pulled out of the squad.”