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English defender's latest treatment a failure, admits Spurs boss

Tottenham defender Jonathan Woodgate is fighting to save his career after manager Harry Redknapp revealed that the player’s treatment in Australia had failed.

Woodgate’s career has been hampered by injuries and the latest is a chronic groin problem which kept him out of Spurs’ 25-man Premier League squad list for the current season.

Redknapp has revealed that the 30-year-old’s injury problems are yet to be solved despite the defender’s trips to New York and Australia for treatment.

Redknapp told The Mirror: “We’re giving him every chance but it has been a year and it’ll be another year if he has to have an operation.”

Woodgate, out of action since November 2009, had travelled to Australia in March to have another operation.

Injuries have hindered the progress as a professional footballer of a player who was recognised as having enormous potential earlier in his career at Leeds United.

That potential saw him regarded as one of the most complete all round players to emerge from Leeds' famed Academy, and earned him a £9 million transfer to Newcastle United in January 2003 when the financially-strapped Yorkshire club needed to start selling their prized playing assets.

Woodgate's sale so angered then-manager Terry Venables that it prompted the former England coach's own departure from Elland Road.

He became a fans' favourite at St James' Park but a serious injury curtailed his final season there and prevented him from enjoying an extended run in the Newcastle team.

Nevertheless, he'd attracted the interest of Spanish giants Real Madrid, and despite still being injured at the time, secured a dream £13.4m move to the Bernabeu in August 2004.

The gamble on his fitness backfired for Real, as Woodgate's time in Spain was also continually blighted by injuries, and he managed only nine league appearances for Los Blancos in three years before a 2006 loan move to his hometown club Middlesbrough was made permanent in 2007.

He was named North East player of the year in 2007 but another injury cost him his first-team place and he was sold to Tottenham in January 2008 for £7m, winning a League Cup winner's medal the following month when he scored and was named man of the match as Spurs defeated Chelsea in the final.

However, the injury curse has continued to plague him at White Hart Lane, restricting him to a mere three first-team appearances for Spurs last season, and none at all since November 13 2009.

The England international defender must now be concerned about his future in the game following his failure to overcome such a catalogue of injuries.

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