World Cup fears for Spurs’ Lennon
Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon has given England manager Fabio
Capello a World Cup scare by breaking down in training, further
delaying his return to first-team action.
Lennon has been sidelined since the end of December with a
groin strain that was expected to only keep him out for a few
But the injury has persisted and, although Lennon returned to
training last week, Spurs boss Harry Redknapp revealed the wideman
suffered a setback in a practice session that will cause him to
miss Wednesday’s north London derby against Arsenal.
Lennon’s ongoing problem is a major blow to Spurs’ hopes of
clinching fourth spot and the final Champions League berth for next
season, but it is also a cause for concern for England and Capello.
The 22-year-old is generally regarded as England’s
first-choice right-winger but Capello, who names his preliminary
30-man World Cup squad next month before cutting it down to 23
players on June 1, will be loath to select someone who has not
played in 2010.
Redknapp said: “He trained yesterday and had a bit of a
“Hopefully he’ll be fit for the World Cup – I hope he’s fit
to play for Tottenham first and foremost.
“He’s sore again. He’s come out in training and felt a bit
sore after. So I don’t know.
“We just have to keep our fingers crossed but it’s been a
Capello has already lost one right midfielder, David Beckham
(ruptured Achilles tendon), to injury and will be desperate not to
Lennon is battling with the likes of Theo Walcott, James
Milner and Shaun Wright-Phillips for a place on the plane to South