Euro fear for Parker
Midfielder to have injections on Achilles injury in bid to be fit
Last Updated: 12/05/12 12:05pm
England have been dealt a serious injury concern ahead of Euro 2012 after Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp admitted Scott Parker is struggling to be fit for this summer's finals.
The midfielder has been left out of the Tottenham starting XI for their last three matches and it is unlikely he will be selected for Sunday's season finale against Fulham - a game the Londoners need to win to secure at least a top-four finish in the Premier League.
Redknapp thinks 31-year-old Parker may have to miss the Three Lions' pre-Euro 2012 training camp, which begins on 21st May in Spain, and fears for his fitness over the summer.
The Tottenham boss explained: "He's had a problem with his Achilles, I hope it's not going to get worse. It isn't getting any better. It's a long-term concern.
"The way he is at the moment, he is struggling for fitness. It's not a rupture, but it is sore. It is bothering him"
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"The way he is at the moment, he is struggling for fitness. It's not a rupture, but it is sore. It is bothering him.
"After tomorrow, he will have some injections in it and we'll see if that can clear it up.
"He's been carrying it a few weeks. Maybe the only cure is a bit of rest, but maybe the injections might clear it up.
"The specialist thinks it will clear up, but it will need 10 days' rest afterwards."
Elsewhere, William Gallas looks set to deputise at left-back against Fulham, as Benoit Assou-Ekotto is missing due to a shoulder injury and Danny Rose is suspended.
The match may be Manchester City loanee Emmanuel Adebayor's last for Tottenham, as the club are struggling to agree terms over the striker's wages.
A report this week claimed New York Red Bulls are interested in the striker, but Redknapp said: "I would be surprised if he went there.
"No disrespect to the league in America, but he is still capable of being a top player in a top league - whether it's here or in Spain."