King keen to keep playing

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Tottenham Hotspur defender Ledley King is confident he can continue playing past the end of the season.

The 31-year-old England international has endured a career blighted by injuries thus far, with knee and groin problems predominantly affecting the centre back during his 13-year professional career at White Hart Lane.

However, King has come in for praise from manager Harry Redknapp this term, and after making nine appearances already in the campaign, confidence is understandaby high that the end isn't nigh.

"I can play next season. Every player knows that their body will tell them when it's time to pack it in," he told The Daily Mail.

"Mine isn't, at the moment. There are a lot of games left in me."

King's injury problems have forced Redknapp to keep a close eye on the player during his reign at Spurs, with lighter individual training sessions aimed at taking less energy out of the player.

And, despite the lack of high-intensity training alongside his teammates, the Spurs boss is left astonished by the match fitness constantly shown by the player.

"Friday morning will be the first time I see Ledley. He won't train at all. The medical staff will nurse his knee to get him back in shape ready to play for the next week. It's amazing how he can do that," Redknapp told The Daily Star.

"It just shows you how good he is. He would have been one of the best centre-halves in the world if he hadn't had these injuries for so many years. He's an amazing player. He can't do too much. I don't know if he can even swim.

"He just takes it easy all week and we then hopefully wheel him out again the next Saturday."

Speculation in the British press today suggests if King surpasses 20 games this season, a new contract will be on offer in north London.

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