Ledley King looks set for another prolonged spell on the sidelines after Harry Redknapp revealed the defender injured his hamstring during training on Friday.
The news of King’s injury couldn’t have come at a worse time for Redknapp, who could see his side pull level on points with Manchester United in second place when they go up against Everton on Wednesday.
William Gallas is currently out of action after suffering with a torn calf muscle while Michael Dawson only made his comeback after a four month lay-off in Spurs’ 3-0 FA Cup win against Cheltenham on Saturday, leaving Spurs looking vulnerable at the back.
King has long suffered with a chronic knee problem, but Redknapp revealed that the England international pulled up during a light jog in Friday’s session feeling his hamstring.
"Ledley did his hamstring on Friday," Redknapp said.
"He had a little jog and tore his hamstring, we think. He has gone for a scan. We don't have the results yet but he only went for a little easy jog and his hamstring went."
King’s injury leaves Redknapp with just three recognised centre-backs for the game at White Hart Lane against the Toffees, with the former Portsmouth chief concerned about his lack of cover in the area.
"I have not got many options," Redknapp admitted.
"I only have Dawson, Bassong and Kaboul. No-one else."
King’s career at White Hart Lane has been blighted by a debilitating knee injury that leaves him unable to train with his team-mates for much of the week.
The lack of regular training also leaves him prone to other injuries, and he was on his way back from a hamstring injury he picked up in the 1-1 draw against Chelsea in December when he pulled up on Friday.
The 31-year-old’s deal at White Hart Lane expires at the end of the season, with Redknapp insisting he will be awarded a new contract despite his persistent injury woes.