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TEEMU BLOW

Posted on 6 October 2006  - 12:00

Teemu Tainio faces a spell on the sidelines after undergoing a hernia operation.

Teemu Tainio faces a spell on the sidelines after undergoing a hernia operation.

The all-action midfielder has withdrawn from the Finland squad for the European Championship qualifiers against Armenia on Saturday and Kazakhstan on Wednesday and will instead start his rehabilitation at Spurs Lodge.

Manager Martin Jol reported: "It's a blow for Teemu. He had the operation on Thursday and I would expect him to be out for at least four weeks, probably more."