Redknapp reeling from injury woes

BY foxsports • March 1, 2010

Harry Redknapp revealed the full extent of his injury crisis following the victory over Everton that sent Tottenham back into the top four.

Tom Huddlestone was carried off on a stretcher after getting his foot caught by John Heitinga while taking a shot during the 2-1 win at White Hart Lane, adding to Redknapp's problems in central midfield as Jermaine Jenas requires surgery this week on a groin injury and Wilson Palacios is walking a disciplinary tightrope on nine bookings.

In defence, Ledley King has a thigh problem and Jonathan Woodgate looks likely to miss the rest of the season with his long-term groin complaint.

The news from the specialist treating Aaron Lennon is that the England winger needs at least six weeks' rest, with David Bentley unable to deputise as he has a tear in his groin.

"Tom will have a scan and we'll see how it is," said Spurs boss Redknapp. "I don't know how bad his injury is, it doesn't look all that good at the moment. But we are running out of central-midfield players. We've only got three anyway, we've got Palacios, Tom and Jermaine Jenas.

"Jenas looks like having an operation on Wednesday probably, we don't know how Tom is and Wilson's on nine bookings so it's not an ideal situation. It's an area we've been light on all year really."

Vedran Corluka and Palacios were also fighting the effects of a virus that swept through Spurs this week - but they were out of the blocks quickly against David Moyes' men and took the lead in the 11th minute when Roman Pavlyuchenko netted his sixth goal in four games.

"Pav scores goals, that's five goals in the last two-and-a-quarter games and you can't ask more than that," said Redknapp, who chose not to sell the Russia striker to Lokomotiv Moscow during the January transfer window. "It's good, it gives me a nice problem, I've got good frontmen."

Luka Modric added the second when he rounded off a slick move, involving fellow Croatians Corluka and Niko Kranjcar, with a finish that went in off the underside of the crossbar.

"It was one of the best goals I've scored," Modric said. "We know each other from the national team. I'm very happy but the most important thing is that we won this game, it was a massive win."

Everton brought on Phil Jagielka at half-time and looked likely to earn a point after Ayegbeni Yakubu pulled a goal back for them.

"We didn't turn up in the first half. You could maybe say the same thing about Tottenham in the second half," said Moyes.

They would have earned a draw if Landon Donovan had not missed an open goal in the latter stages, with Moyes adding: "Landon is disappointed. It happens in football."

Moyes revealed that Louis Saha was missing from the matchday squad through injury.

"He has a bit of a hamstring and a bit of an Achilles," he said. "We've not had the scan read yet."


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