Ledley King set for surgery before Tottenham contract negotiations begin

 

Tottenham captain Ledley King will have another operation on his troublesome knee this week and then start negotiations with the club over prolonging his 14-year spell at White Hart Lane.

King's chronic knee injury has restricted him to 23 starts this season.

Although that represents a significant improvement on the nine appearances he made last season, when he was also troubled by a groin injury, the Spurs club captain's future is still shrouded in doubt.

The 31-year-old's contract expires this summer and the defender himself admits he has no idea whether this season will have been his last at the club he joined in 1998.

"Now the season is done I am sure there will be some talks," King said.

"To be honest, I am not entirely sure what's going on (in terms of a contract offer)

"I have just wanted to concentrate on trying to play and get my knee right."

King came through the youth ranks at White Hart Lane and then went on to establish himself as a fans' favourite after becoming a regular and reliable pillar in the Spurs defence.

Injury has prevented him from going on to fulfil his potential, however.

The Londoner barely trains with his team-mates due to a problem which causes his knee to balloon every time he plays. The problem is so severe that King has to apply huge ice packs to the area after exercise and he cannot even have a kickabout with his children.

After an encouraging start to the season, he ended up missing the club's last four games after taking a knock to his knee in training but hopes to be back to his best after his operation

"I will have a little clean out, maybe in the next couple of days," King added.

"It's something I had earlier in the season. I missed the first few games when I had an operation and hopefully it's not something serious.

"It is something I will have done and hopefully it won't set me back too much.

"I hope I will be able to have a good season with the knee cleared out."

Tottenham yesterday secured a fourth-place finish in the Barclays Premier League by beating Fulham 2-0, although they will be denied a place in the Champions League if Chelsea beat Bayern Munich on Saturday.

Having been within touching distance of the summit in January, many Spurs fans feel the club should have secured a top-three finish a long time ago, but King feels the players should still be proud of their season.

"Overall I think it has been a good campaign for us," King said. "Obviously we are disappointed to have fallen short of winning anything, but getting in the top four is a good achievement considering the number of top teams there are in the league.

"It's tough to go from where we were the season before to trying to win the league."

King admits Chelsea pinching the fourth qualifying position by beating Bayern would be a hard scenario for Spurs to stomach.

"It would be a little bit hard to take if that happens but we are aware of the rules and there is nothing we can do now," he said.

"Obviously you want English teams to do well but in this case you would be cheering for Bayern Munich. We hope they win."

Fulham, meanwhile, missed the chance to break their Premier League points tally thanks to strikes from Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe yesterday at White Hart Lane.

The Cottagers still have reason to be proud of their ninth-place finish, however, especially as they looked set for relegation after a slow start in Martin Jol's first season in charge.

"We really wanted to finish on a high and end the season in seventh place so I'm a little bit disappointed," impressive forward Mousa Dembele told Fulham's website.

"However, we've ended the season in ninth place and overall it's been a very good season."

PA

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
Happy in his hat: Pharrell Williams
people
Life and Style
fashion

News
The Magna Carta
archaeologyContemporary account of historic signing discovered
News
Jeremy Paxman has admitted he is a 'one-nation Tory' and complained that Newsnight is made by idealistic '13-year-olds' who foolishly think they can 'change the world'.
peopleFormer Newsnight presenter is being touted for a brand new role
News
The two-year-old said she cut off her fringe because it was getting in her eyes
news

Video: It is the type of thing no parent wants to hear

Arts and Entertainment
Avatar grossed $2.8bn at the box office after its release in 2009
film
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

Christmas Appeal

Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

So what must the red-rose do differently? They have to take the points on offer 
Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game