Ledley King underwent knee surgery on Monday night, ruling him out of Tottenham Hotspur's pre-season tour of Africa in July.

The Spurs skipper was in hospital for an arthroscopy to alleviate chronic knee problems that, alongside a groin injury, kept the England international out of all but nine games last season.

Spurs said in a statement that the operation had been 'successful', and that 'the defender is expected to rest for up to 10 days before progressing to full activity within a further 10 days'.

Manager Harry Redknapp will give the club captain an opportunity to rest whilst the rest of the squad travel around the world for their pre-season plans, and will be hoping the veteran will be close to full fitness come the start of the season.

King's contract expires in the summer of 2012, and whilst various reports have claimed this could be the centre back's last season at White Hart Lane, the 30-year-old is keen to shake off his injury problems and remain at the club.


King said: "I have been here since I was a schoolboy and I could never see myself going anywhere else. This is where I want to continue playing my football."

The defender's knee problem is the most recent in a long list of lingering injuries during the player's career, which has been blighted by problems throughout. Speaking about the pains in 2009, King said: "I still feel I have a lot to give on the pitch, so if the knee can balance itself out and be at an even level for a while then I still feel I can play.

"Obviously, I have got to be performing at the top of my game, otherwise I am sure the boss will stop picking me and we will have to look at things."

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