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Parker in doubt for start of season

Spurs midfielder Scott Parker may miss the start of the new Premier League season if his injured Achilles tendon requires surgery.

Parker is currently being evaluated by the club's medical staff while the squad are on tour in the United States. Should they deem surgery necessary, Parker will be in a race against time to be fit for Spurs' first game of the season, according to manager Andre Villas-Boas.

"There might be a small tear on his Achilles - we are at the moment evaluating the situation regarding a possible operation that can take four to six weeks normally to heal," Villas-Boas is quoted as saying in the English press.

Parker could also miss England's friendly against Italy on August 15, and World Cup qualifiers with Moldova on September 7 and Ukraine four days later.

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