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Tottenham defence up Dawson’s creek without a paddle

Spurs may have eased past Derby County on Saturday, but they paid the price after Michael Dawson was substituted early into the game with a thigh injury. The BBC now report that the central defender could be missing for the best part of a month, leaving Tottenham woefully short at the back for some of their key upcoming matches.

“We think it is a muscle tear but we won’t know how bad it is until we have a proper look at him,” said Tottenham manager Juande Ramos.

Ledley King is still struggling for fitness and Ramos added: “I have not had an updated report from our medical team.

“But we are still four or five days away, so we will make a judgement later in the week.”

This news leaves the North London club with just one recognised centre half available in Younes Kaboul. It’s likely that Tom Huddlestone is certain to continue deputising as a central defender, a position which he currently appears to be thriving in. However, it’s harsh for Dawson who is now likely to miss the Carling Cup final against Chelsea in a fortnight’s time.

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