Lennon set to spend more time on the sidelines

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Aaron Lennon has suffered a setback in his recovery from a groin problem, Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has confirmed.

The Spurs winger - who had been recovering well from the problem he picked up in December - has undergone an MRI scan, and is set for an ultrasound to determine the full extent of any additional damage after feeling discomfort during training.

"He was close to getting fit, but has had a bit of a setback," said Redknapp, speaking ahead of Wednesday night's FA Cup fifth-round replay against Bolton.

"Hopefully it should not put him back much from where he was, and he could still be fit in a couple of weeks."

Lennon, 22, is a potential member of England's World Cup squad in the summer.

Redknapp, though, first wants the winger back producing the goods for Spurs as they chase a top-four finish in the Barclays Premier League.

"At first the diagnosis was he could be back in four or five weeks but you never know with these groin problems, they can take time and he has had a couple of setbacks," the Spurs boss said.

"Aaron has worked hard to get fit but every time seems to have a little problem there.

"Hopefully, though, it will get sorted out and he will be back soon."

Redknapp added: "So long as he gets back and gets enough match action for Tottenham to take us where we want to go, then the World Cup will follow.

"But, first and foremost, we have to get him back playing for Tottenham."

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