Harry Redknapp has revealed his concerns over Jonathan Woodgate, claiming he isn’t sure when the defender will return from his latest injury.
Woodgate suffered groin injuries last season and missed the first three months of this season after having surgery on the complaint, but the problem has not gone away.
He has only played 90 minutes twice this season, and his return to the treatment room has left Redknapp a frustrated figure.
“He’s had the injection, but it doesn’t seem to have done the trick really.
“I don’t know if he can have another operation, he’s had so many. I don’t know what the next step is really.
“It’s a shame, he’s such a good player. When he’s fit he’s fantastic for us, but he is struggling a bit at the moment again.
“Everyone comes up with different opinions. It’s difficult. Some people want to inject it, others want an operation.
“It’s very hard to find with an injury like that, to get to the bottom of it all.
“There’s no light you can see. With a broken ankle or whatever at least you know what you’re dealing with. But these injuries can drag on forever.”
Redknapp has also had to make do without Ledley King who is sidelined with a hamstring problem, as well as his persistant knee injuries.
With Michael Dawson and Sebastian Bassong the only fit centre-backs currently, Redknapp could be forgiven for eyeing the transfer market.
However, Redknapp is reluctant to buy again, as he feels he has enough quality at the back already.
“Woody wants to play football, so it’s a big blow for him.
“He’s good enough for England. He’s top class. Him and Ledley, and Michael Dawson is playing well for us as well.
“We’re lucky really we’ve got four centre-halves here because we’d be in trouble with Ledley and Woody out injured. It’s an area where we’ve had some cover and it’s important.
“When Jonathan and Ledley played together last year, they were a great partnership. But getting them out on the pitch at the same time has proved more difficult.”
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