Harry Redknapp has praised Wilson Palacios for his part in Spurs defeat of Fulham on Wednesday, after revealing that the Honduran had suffered a groin tear on the eve of the match.
Palacios played through the pain barrier, alongside Roman Pavlyuchenko and Tom Huddlestone, to secure Spurs a place in the FA Cup semi-finals.
Redknapp praised his midfield enforcer, coming through when his team needed him most.
“Wilson is as tough as old boots. He tore a groin in training the day before the game, the scan showed a tear and the medical people said there was no way he could play.
“He came on the pitch at 3pm before the game, kicked a few balls and said he was okay. It was amazing really.
“That is a good sign at this club. Everyone wants to play rather than sit on the treatment table. If they have the chance they will..”
Palacios’ commitment to the cause is shown by how highly he regrads the FA Cup and how desperately he wants to win it.
“Back in Honduras, the FA Cup is always televised and we follow it a lot. It has made a big impact on people there. When you are young, you dream of playing in big finals and I was no different.
“Wembley Stadium is one of the world’s most historic grounds and for someone from Honduras to play there would be a real honour.”
Palacios ended the game at right-back, as Vedran Corluka became the latest player to join the Tottenham injury list, with Sebastian Bassong also have an ankle injury monitored.
Harry Redknapp said, “We’re desperately short on defenders, that is our problem.”
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