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Redknapp rues injury woe

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Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp admitted he has concerns over losing influential midfielder Tom Huddlestone to injury.

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Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp admitted he has injury concerns over influential Tom Huddlestone after seeing the midfielder stretchered off during his side's 2-1 win over Everton at White Hart Lane. Huddlestone had to depart in the 52nd minute after he was brought down by Everton's John Heitinga, who clipped the 23-year-old as he looked to set-up a Spurs counter attack. The former Derby man tried to get back to his feet but required assistance to leave the pitch and departed on a stretcher after being replaced by Younes Kaboul. The injury over-shadowed an important win for Redknapp's side, who saw his charges go fourth in the table following an impressive display over their fellow UEFA Champions League hopefuls. Huddlestone was said to have sprained his ankle, but his manager was unclear on how long he would lose the central midfielder for. It leaves the Spurs boss light of options in the middle of the park, with Jermaine Jenas set to undergo surgery on Wednesday as fellow middle man Wilson Palacios walks a suspension tightrope with nine bookings. Tottenham also have concerns over England winger Aaron Lennon and David Bentley, with both having missed the win over David Moyes' side.

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He said: "You're going to miss Tom - he's a top player for us, he's makes us play and he's a great passer and we needed that when we were going through that dodgy little spell. It was important we tried to get hold of the ball. "We don't know how bad his injury is at the moment but it doesn't look good. "He'll have a scan and we'll see how it is but we are running out of central midfield players - we've only got three anyway. It's not an ideal situation and it's an area we've been light on all season really." Redknapp saw his side turn on the style in the opening 45 minutes, bossing the encounter as Roman Pavlyuchenko bagged his fifth goal in his last three matches before Luka Modric sent a beautiful chip over Tim Howard's head to make it 2-0. Everton launched a determined fightback after the break and defensive frailties saw Yakubu Aiyegbeni pull one back after Spurs had failed to deal with a corner, but the home side were able to hold on and secure a win that puts them ahead of Manchester City in fourth place. And Redknapp was pleased with the Russian's contribution to the win, with his attacking options providing less of a worry than the problems further down the pitch. "Pav scores goals, that's five goals in the last two-and-a-quarter games and you can't ask more than that," said Redknapp, who chose not to sell the striker to Lokomotiv Moscow during the January transfer window. "It's good, it gives me a nice problem, I've got good front-men."

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