Defoe to avoid op for time being

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Jermain Defoe could yet avoid the need for surgery, according to Harry Redknapp.

Defoe has been struggling with a niggling groin problem since returning from World Cup duty with England, and it was expected that the striker would require an operation to fix it.

However, Defoe claimed he felt fine after scoring against Young Boys on Wednesday and Redknapp is willing to listen to the player.

“Now he feels OK, so we’ll see how he is tomorrow (against Wigan) and if there’s no pain, he won’t have to have the op.

“But if he feels it, we will get the op done.

“It’s been put on hold. It was definitely going to happen, it was all booked in for this coming Tuesday, but now he feels OK so there’s a chance it may not happen.”

Defoe would’ve been ruled out for a approximately a month if this surgery happened, ruling him out of some crucial Premier League ties and Spurs’ first two Champions League group stage games against Werder Bremen and FC Twente.

However, should he overcome the pain he will be available for these games, which will be vitally important for Spurs as they set to fight on four fronts this season.

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