Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp was left counting the cost of the goalless draw with Manchester United following a calf tear for Jermaine Jenas and a back injury that will see Jonathan Woodgate visit a specialist.
There are fears that Woodgate has aggravated the problem that hindered his progress at Real Madrid and his loss is amplified by Ledley King being unable to play regular football due to his knee complaints.
"Apparently he had a back problem when he signed here so he needs to see a specialist," said Redknapp after Woodgate limped off early at White Hart Lane. "The club doctor said it was the type of injury he had when he came here. Jenas has a tear in his calf."
Redknapp will now blood some of his youth players for Thursday's UEFA Cup clash against Spartak Moscow, as Vedran Corluka and Roman Pavlyuchenko are cup-tied.
Adel Taarabt, Ricardo Rocha, Hossam Ghaly, Paul Stalteri and Kevin-Prince Boateng would have been in contention for places but were not registered for European competition by former boss Juande Ramos. They were not even given squad numbers until Redknapp arrived.
"Every manager says their squad is stretched but if I hadn't brought the five back that were cast aside when I came here, we'd be desperate," said the Spurs boss. "We need some cover when we have injuries. You need a squad.
"Those five aren't in the UEFA Cup squad so I've got kids out of the youth team because you have to have so many homegrown players in your squad."
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