Woodgate omitted from Tottenham pool

Manager Harry Redknapp decided to omit the injury-plagued defender,

who he recently revealed was fighting to save his career. Redknapp

last month expressed his fears the 30-year-old would be forced to

retire if one final operation did not cure his nightmare groin

problem. Woodgate made only three appearances last season and has

not played at all since November. Specialist surgery in both

America and Australia proved unsuccessful and Redknapp believes the

player is close to having to call it quits. Also omitted from the

Spurs squad submitted to the Premier League was goalkeeper Ben

Alnwick, with new loan signing Stipe Pletikosa now providing

back-up to Heurelho Gomes and Carlo Cudicini.