Redknapp speaks of Dawson hurt

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Harry Redknapp has spoken of Michael Dawson’s despair after damaging knee and ankle ligaments whilst on England duty.

Dawson fell awkwardly during England’s 4-0 win over Bulgaria; his first start in a competitive game for the country.

This means the defender will miss the first half of Tottenham’s maiden Champions League campaign, including the massive trip to the San Siro in October.

Redknapp said, “The boy is absolutely devastated. It is a massive blow for him and the club.

“I’d like to say something positive about the situation, but other than we initially thought it was a lot worse and he could be out for the season, what can I say?

“We have no idea what is going to take longer to heal, his ankle or his knee. But we are talking months, not weeks.

“It couldn’t have come at a worse time for us with crucial games coming thick and fast.

“I’m gutted for him at a time when he has quite rightly been given a chance to stake a claim for a regular first-team football for England.

“As for Spurs, words fail me. He is the heartbeat and soul of this club.

“But thank God I went and got William Gallas on a free transfer. It’s looking an even better deal now.”

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