Redknapp sweating on Spurs duo

BY foxsports • April 1, 2011

Tottenham are in the midst of an injury crisis at the back, with Michael Dawson and Sebastien Bassong their only two fit central defenders for Saturday's Premier League match at Wigan, and they both could miss Tuesday's clash in Spain. Gallas, who has been a rock at the heart of the Spurs defence this year, had looked set to play against Real after being given the all-clear from a hamstring problem two weeks ago, but a previous knee injury flared up again this week, casting serious doubt over his participation in Tuesday's quarter-final first leg. Spurs boss Harry Redknapp revealed the severity of the Frenchman's injury on Friday morning, saying: "He is struggling. I couldn't be sure (if he will be fit for Madrid). At the moment, he can't kick a ball. "His knee is sore. He has had two scans this week. The first scan he had didn't look too bad and he went out training but didn't feel good. He had another scan and went out this morning and did some running but when he went to strike the ball he had problems." Another of Spurs' key players, winger Bale, picked up a hamstring injury while on international duty last week, and has not trained with the first team since. The 21-year-old, who almost single-handedly tore Inter Milan apart over two scintillating Group A games earlier this year, has been restricted to training with Spurs' fitness coaches, and is out of the match at the DW Stadium tomorrow. Redknapp had to do without Bale for the away leg of Tottenham's last-16 win over AC Milan, and he is unsure whether that will be the case for next week's match at the Bernabeu. "We will have to see if he will be available for Real," Redknapp said. "His hamstring is still a little bit tight. You never know with hamstrings. Until he pushes it you can't be sure. "He is getting over it. He's getting out there, doing lots of work with the fitness coaches but he hasn't joined in with us. "He's working at 80% probably. "When you run as quick as he does you are going to pick up injuries like that. A lot of very quick players have hamstring problems over the years." Spurs' push for Champions League qualification has faltered recently but they will close the gap on fourth-place Manchester City to one point with a win over Roberto Martinez's strugglers on Saturday. Redknapp's side lost to the Latics in this season's reverse fixture and have dropped points against other relegation-threatened teams this year, but the Spurs boss is confident his side will not be distracted by thoughts of their Champions League glamour tie when they take to the field on Saturday. "They are all focused, they know how important it is to make that top four," said Redknapp, who has Tom Huddlestone available for the first time in almost five months. "Tomorrow is all important for us. We have to look to get Champions League football for sure next year, so we have to keep picking up points. Wigan is a vital game for us." The importance of the Spurs' qualification for next year's Champions League was underlined yesterday by financial results that showed the club's revenue increased 49% during the six months that followed their qualification to this season's competition. Redknapp thinks this year's exciting foray into the Champions League will have made the club a much more attractive proposition to players looking for a move this summer. "We are a club now whose name has been spread all over Europe because of the Champions League and the great games we have had this year," Redknapp said. "Players all over the world want to come to us but they want Champions League football as well."

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