Tottenham Hotspur defender Ledley King will undergo surgery this summer as he looks to overcome a long-term knee injury.
The Spurs lynchpin has been hampered by severe knee problems for the past few seasons, but hopes further surgery will extend his playing career into the next Premier League campaign.
The 31-year-old England international has not been able to train with the rest of the first-team squad all season, but his complaint worsened after a recent training ground collision with a youth team player.
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp confirmed the club captain will require surgery to ease the pain and hopes he can welcome back the centre-half into the playing squad next season.
Speaking to The Times, Redknapp said: "For the sake of the club and the team, he has tried to play on, but he has been playing in pain and his movement's not been as good.
"Hopefully, we'll get his knee cleared out in the summer and he will be right again," said the Spurs boss. "I'm sure the chairman [Daniel Levy] respects everything he has done for the club and we'd love to keep him around."
Tottenham have managed King's knee problem for a number of seasons, minimising his training workload and often playing him only in key fixtures.
The former-Spurs trainee has made 15 Premier League appearances for the club this season and has been a member of the Tottenham first team for almost 14 years.
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