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Major injury strife

Posted on 29 March 2001  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Spurs have suffered from a cruel international twist — and it gets worse than Sol Campbell’s twisted ankle.

Sol’s ankle injury, picked up during England’s win in Albania has ruled the inspirational skipper out of the League clash with Arsenal on Saturday. He landed awkwardly after leaping for a header and returned to Spurs Lodge on Thursday afternoon and headed straight for the treatment room.

He was not alone in receiving treatment among those who returned from national service - Sergei Rebrov, Luke Young and Ledley King all suffered injuries while away.

To add to David Pleat’s woes, Stephen Clemence tweaked his groin in training on Monday and is rated doubtful.

"We seem to have had a bad break here," lamented David. "People will have seen Sol’s problem with his ankle, while Sergei has taken a hamstring."

Sergei was withdrawn at half-time in the Ukraine’s 1-1 draw with Wales. Back at Spurs Lodge on Thursday, Sergei reported an overnight improvement, but the management is taking no chances.

"Sergei is also out," David confirmed. "He would want to play, and if there was any chance we would put him in, but the medical people are advising us not to."

Ledley has stepped up his training after returning from England duty early with a dead leg, suffered against Finland under-21s last Friday. He remains a doubt, but David is optimistic of his chances for Saturday. Luke Young is another facing a race against time for fitness after sustaining a thigh injury playing for England under-21s against Albania on Tuesday.

"King had to come away after the first under-21 game, but we’re looking for hopeful signs that he can cope on Saturday," said David.

Already ruled out of the Highbury clash are Stephen Carr, Oyvind Leonhardsen, Tim Sherwood, Ben Thatcher, Mauricio Taricco and Chris Armstrong.

But there is better news on Leo, Carr and Sherwood, who David reports are all doing well with their rehabilitation.