Champions League news

Injury blow for Woodgate

March 30, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Tottenham defender Jonathan Woodgate has suffered another setback in his bid to regain full fitness.

Jonathan Woodgate
PA PhotosJonathan Woodgate will not be able to feature for Spurs at the Bernabeu

Woodgate made his return to the first-team after a 15-month absence when he came on as a substitute in the 1-0 victory at AC Milan in the Champions League last month, but he then suffered a groin injury.

He took part in a friendly game against Barnet on Tuesday but limped off with a calf problem.

That injury means he will not be available to take on former club Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-final next week and Harry Redknapp has revealed he was due to take part in the game.

"It's not good news - a real blow to him and the club," he told The Sun. "He had been training well recently and I was hoping to feature him against Real next week.

"He'll still travel with us as part of the squad. Real is his old club and this match means so much to him."

Redknapp revealed earlier this year that he plans to offer Woodgate, 31, a new pay-as-you-play deal in the summer.