Ledley misses season start
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Ledley King will miss the start of the season and England's game with Denmark.Ledley King will miss the start of Tottenham's Premiership campaign, as well as England's friendly against Denmark, after failing to recover from a groin strain.
The young stopper suffered from the problem last season, although Spurs boss Martin Jol does not believe that surgery will be required as he lets his young charge rest as a precaution.
King will be absent as the North London side travel to Portsmouth on Saturday, and, perhaps more crucially in a World Cup Year, will not be available for Sven Goran Eriksson as he prepares his men to take on Denmark.
The 24-year-old also missed England's tour to America after becoming a virtual ever-present in the squad thanks to his composed display against France in last year's European Championship.
Eriksson is not short of defensive quality within his ranks despite King's enforced absence, whist Jol will be able to call upon one of his talented collective of young English stoppers to replace his captain - including Tom Huddlestone, Calum Davenport and Michael Dawson.
King's fellow England team-mate Paul Robinson is expected to continue in his role as the country's number one next Saturday after claiming a starting slot from David James as he impressed in his first season at Spurs.
The former Leeds shot stopper is, however, expecting improvement in the coming campaign at White Hart Lane and believes that the London outfit must be targeting European football after adding the likes of Edgar Davids to their squad.
"We've got a young squad with a couple of additions," Robinson told Sky Sports News.
"Now we've got a good quality squad, quality in every position, a lot of strength in depth and people are expecting big things of us this year.
"We realistically know what we can achieve.
"We've got to be looking for a European spot, a club this size, with a squad with the quality we've got and the fan-base we've got, really have got to be looking for a European spot this year."