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King no longer plastered!

Posted on 2 August 2000  - 12:00

English Barclays Premiership

Ledley King is smiling again. Our highly-rated youngster has had the plaster removed from his broken foot and is back in light training at Spurs Lodge.

Everything looked rosy for the 19-year-old in May. After suffering more than his share of injuries during the season, he returned to the first team fold for the last two games of the season and was then called into the England Under 21 squad for the European Championships.

Playing at centre-back, he was one of the big hits of the tournament and even scored against Turkey before disaster struck in the last minute of the last game when he broke a bone in his right foot. Instead of returning home triumphant and ready to charge into the new season, he was grounded by injury again.

However, now the plaster is off he can concentrate on getting fit again. "I got the plaster off on Friday and I've been doing some light work in the gym since then," he said. "Hopefully I'll be able to kick a ball again in a week or two and be back in full-time training in two or three weeks. Once I start the light ball work I'll be able to push on from there.

"It has been a frustrating time. I enjoyed the tournament, got some good reports back here and was just looking forward to starting the new season but unfortunately I got the injury. I've now got to work hard from here and try to get back in to the first team plans."

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