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King set for further surgery

Tottenham Hotspur defender Ledley King is to undergo surgery once more this week, before sitting down to discuss his future at the club.

King, 31, who made his debut back in 1998, has suffered from chronic knee problems over the past few seasons and is unable to train with his team-mates between matches.

Although this season's 23 league starts represented a big improvement for the England defender, he has yet to be offered a new deal and will go under the knife to clean out the joints once more. The hope being that the process will enable him to participate further next season.

"Now the season is done I am sure there will be some talks," King said. "To be honest, I am not entirely sure what's going on (in terms of a contract offer). I have just wanted to concentrate on trying to play and get my knee right."

Regarding the operation, King continued: "I will have a little clean out, maybe in the next couple of days. It's something I had earlier in the season. I missed the first few games when I had an operation and hopefully it's not something serious.

"It is something I will have done and hopefully it won't set me back too much. I hope I will be able to have a good season with the knee cleared out."

The Spurs captain has made 21 appearances for his country, but looks unlikely to improve on that tally unless his fitness improves.

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