Bentley undergoes knee surgery

Bentley was trying to rebuild his career on loan at West Ham, for

whom he made five appearances since joining on transfer deadline

day. But the 27-year-old suffered the injury last week and has now

gone back to White Hart Lane. “It’s a great shame for David as he

had settled well in the squad,” Hammers manager Sam Allardyce told

the club’s official website. “We wish him well and hope he has a

speedy recovery.” Allardyce has recalled youngster Cristian Montano

from his loan at Notts County as cover. Tottenham said in a short

statement: “David Bentley has undergone surgery to his left knee.

“The right-sided midfielder, who joined West Ham United on loan in

August, is likely to be out for up to six months.”