Midfielder to miss the start of Tottenham’s pre-season training

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Jamie O’Hara is set to miss the start of Tottenham’s pre-season due to a stress fracture in his back.

The midfielder, who is currently on loan at Portsmouth could miss Saturday’s FA Cup final against Chelsea due to the problem, if a a pain-killing injection does not work.

O’Hara is also wary of his long-term health if he is not feeling one hundred per cent.

“I played 45 minutes on Sunday and there was a bit of pain, and I am having another injection on Tuesday to hopefully clear it up for the game on Saturday,” O’Hara said.

“I am not sure what is going on, and will have a big decision to make towards the end of the week whether to pull myself out of it for the sake of maybe a longer-term injury, or to just go for it and see what happens.

“I would love to play, but it has come to the point now where I am really struggling and can’t do anything, which is the most frustrating thing.

“I can get around, but it is not how you want to be going into a cup final.”

O’Hara added: “To play in such a massive game, I would not want to jeopardise the team by going out there half-fit.

“I have got two fractures on the lower part of my spine and if it was any other time of the season, it is eight weeks out.

“After this, I will be out for a couple of months, and then it will just be rest because it is a stress fracture.

“We have had a scan already, and Spurs are looking towards a longer-term injury. Speaking to the doctors, it can be a serious one if you keep playing on it, and you could be looking at a year out.

“I have got to be careful what I do, but with the injections, the doctors said one more game would not be a problem.

“I have been speaking to Spurs and they are not wanting to stop me in any way, but are looking at it longer-term going back.

“I am going to miss some of pre-season, and will be trying to get myself right for the start.”

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  1. Absolutely absurd situation. Spurs should already be demanding he withdraws from the squad with an injury like this. Regardless of whether we are looking to sell him or keep him, a players long-term health must never be put in serious jeopardy to suit his loan club or his ego.

    This lad has been a major disappointment to me in recent weeks. He may no longer wish to be a squad player at Spurs, but for now he is and he should bloody well be acting like it and showing a bit more loyalty to the club that pays his wages, which he also claims is the club he supports. Looks to me more like he supports himself and his own selfish wishes and to hell with the hand that feeds.

    Sort your head out Jamie and do the right thing for the club that puts bread on your family's table. Stop whining in the papers about Portsmouth's business and how you want to play every week next season and start looking after yourself as any professional athlete should. If you want to leave in the summer, make sure you're fit enough for clubs to be interested and just stick in a transfer request quietly. There's a good lad.

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