Redknapp admits worry over Woody
Woodgate, 29, suffered with the complaint last season and travelled to Germany for an operation in August but the problem has not gone away despite a recent injection for the injury.
The former Real Madrid defender has only completed two games this season, the recent Premier League wins over
“He’s had the injection but it doesn’t seem to have done the trick really,” Redknapp said.
“I don’t know if he can have another operation, he’s had so many. I don’t know what the next step is really.
“It’s a shame, he’s such a good player. When he’s fit he’s fantastic for us but he is struggling a bit at the moment again.”
Woodgate is not training due to the nagging problem.
“Everyone comes up with different opinions,” Redknapp added.
“It’s difficult. Some people want to inject it, others want an operation. It’s very hard to find with an injury like that, to get to the bottom of it all.
“There’s no light you can see. With a broken ankle or whatever at least you know what you’re dealing with. But these injuries can drag on forever.”
With Ledley King out with a hamstring injury, Redknapp only has Sebastien Bassong and Michael Dawson as fit centre-backs but is reluctant to enter the transfer market for another.
“Woody wants to play football so it’s a big blow for him,” Redknapp added.
“He’s good enough for England. He’s top class. Him and Ledley, and Michael Dawson is playing well for us as well.
“We’re lucky really we’ve got four centre-halves here because we’d be in trouble with Ledley and Woody out injured. It’s an area where we’ve had some cover and it’s important.
“When Jonathan and Ledley played together last year they were a great partnership. But getting them out on the pitch at the same time has proved more difficult.”