Tottenham assistant boss Kevin Bond is confident that Ledley King will bounce back from World Cup disappointment.

The defender suffered a groin injury in England’s opening game against the USA and did not feature in the rest of the tournament.

“It would have been very frustrating for Ledley because he worked so hard and did so well to first of all get in the squad and then to line-up alongside John Terry in the heart of the defence,” Bond told

“So, to get injured in the first game will have been a huge blow to him, but that is the risk when you have to live your footballing life like Ledley does.

“He can’t train very much and that always makes you more susceptible to picking up injuries and that is exactly what happened.

“I feel for him because he put a lot of work in last year to get on that plane.

“He did very well for us last season and played a great number of games and hopefully he can repeat that this year and possibly even play a bigger part.

“The injury that he picked up was in no relation to his long-term knee problem, so we expect him to come back strong and raring to go when the new season gets under way.”

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