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Harry's relief

Harry Redknapp has spoken of his relief that Michael Dawson's injury is not as bad as first feared.

Harry Redknapp has spoken of his relief that Michael Dawson's injury is not as bad as first feared.

The manager echoed the thoughts of everyone connected with Spurs when admitting he feared the worst as the popular defender lay injured on the Wembley turf on Friday night.

'Daws' fell awkwardly an hour into his second cap and first competitive start for England in the Euro 2012 qualifier against Bulgaria and scans have showed a sprained left medial knee ligament and sprained left ankle ligament. He's expected to be out for six to eight weeks.

"First of all, it's a big blow for Michael and a great shame for him," said Harry.

"To be honest, watching it live, I thought it could have been worse than it's turned out.

"It could have been his cruciate ligament and that would have been the end of the season for him but as it is, it's not such a long job and he should be back in a couple of months."

Michael's injury highlights the value of William Gallas' arrival in the transfer window.

Even though we have cover in central defence with the likes of Younes Kaboul, Tom Huddlestone and Vedran Corluka, Harry stressed the importance of the experience William will bring to the club playing alongside the likes of Ledley King and Sebastien Bassong in that key central area.

"Woody's struggling, Ledley can't play every game and you also have to remember that Michael had an Achilles injury last season, so it was always a position we needed to do something in and that's why we did it (signed Gallas)," added Harry.

"Seb was excellent for us last season and we've got decent cover in there, players who can come in and do a job, but you also need experience. Ledley's got experience, Michael's got experience and now William's experience will be invaluable.

"He'll give us a bit of know-how and a real presence. You don't do what he's done in the game without being a top, top player and he's got all the medals to show for it."