Tottenham's Jermain Defoe says he is concerned that the groin injury he picked up in the Champions League against Young Boys could keep him out of action for a large part of the season.
Defoe first felt the injury while on England duty at the World Cup, but aggravated it in the 3-2 defeat to the Swiss side and now has fears over his recuperation time.
"I felt a little tweak in my groin during the World Cup," Defoe told the Sun. "I have been strengthening it and just came off as a precaution. As I was sprinting in the second half I could really feel it.
"Aaron Lennon had the same problem last season and he ripped it - and I don't want to miss six or seven months of the season like him. Hopefully, it'll be all right."
Meanwhile, there are fresh reports that Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp is closing on a deal to bring William Gallas to the club.
Spurs' defensive lapses were shown up against Young Boys as they let in three goals in 30 first-half minutes and former Arsenal defender Gallas is available on a free transfer.