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Luka Modric two games away from Tottenham return

Croatian playmaker Luka Modric could be back in action for Tottenham Hotspur as soon as October 17, according to manager Harry Redknapp.

Modric is currently sidelined with a fractured leg sustained in a Premier League game against Birmingham City last month and has missed four games for Harry Redknapp's side. But although he will miss the trip to Bolton on Saturday, Modric could return for his club's following outing against Portsmouth.

The international break should allow the 24-year-old the time he needs to overcome the injury and Redknapp is looking forward to welcoming Modric back into his squad.

"He's coming along okay, it's a matter of waiting for the bone to heal now,'' Redknapp said. "We'll see how it goes. We have a break of two weeks coming up after the Bolton game so that could be enough time to get him back playing after that international break.''

Modric is not the only first team star absent at White Hart Lane as Jonathan Woodgate has not made a single appearance this season due to a troublesome groin injury.

However the defender, who has suffered from extensive fitness problems throughout his career, should avoid more surgery according to his manager. "He had the injection and feels a lot easier. We hope that does the trick rather than operating again,'' Redknapp said.

Meanwhile, Tottenham have confirmed that young midfielder Danny Rose has joined Peterborough United on loan until January. Goalkeeper Oscar Jansson has also extended his loan deal with Exeter City until October 31.


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