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Sol out for season?

Posted on 9 April 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).

Sol Campbell will struggle to be fit before the end of the season.

That was the disappointing news from Spurs Lodge on Monday after he sustained his second ankle injury in as many weeks on Sunday.

Super Sol badly turned his ankle in a tangle with Ray Parlour in the FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal at Old Trafford.

He was forced off by the injury that boss Glenn Hoddle later revealed was not the left ankle that he had damaged on England duty in Albania but a fresh problem with his right ankle.

Initial estimates suggest that Sol, who slowly limped into the training ground this afternoon, will be out for three to four weeks — that takes us into May and, at best, only two games of the season remaining.

Glenn revealed: “Sol’s had an X-ray today. I haven’t spoken to the doctor but it doesn’t look too good. It’s more than just a tweaked ligament.

“To be honest we were surprised how his left one came through a late test, a real bonus for us and then, unbelievable, I thought at the time he might have done his knee ligaments.

“It looks to me like it could be three or four weeks. It could possibly be the rest of the season.

“That’s the down side. If he gets back before it would be a big bonus but looking at it now, both ankles need time. We’re optimistic it will be time though rather than requiring surgery.

“I’m not saying that he’ll be out for the season at this stage but it will certainly be near to the end of the season if he is fit.”

Meanwhile, Glenn looks set to be without the services of Sol, Steffen Freund (knee), Les Ferdinand (hamstring) and Ledley King (ankle) for his first match at the Lane as manager against Bradford City on Tuesday night.

More in-depth team news will follow on Tuesday.