Scott Parker set to miss start of the season

Scott Parker
It seems likely that Scott Parker will miss the start of the new season due to an Achilles tendon injury. Club doctors are assessing if the midfielder needs surgery.

“There might be a small tear on his Achilles. We are at the moment evaluating the situation regarding a possible operation that can take four weeks to heal or more. Four to six weeks normally,” said Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas at a press conference in Los Angeles during Spurs’ pre-season tour. “It also depends on our ability to have the player have surgery as quickly as possible.”

Parker picked up the injury at the end of last season which forced him to miss several games throughout April and May. He received an injection in his Achilles after Spurs’ last Premier League game of the season against Fulham.

Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp said: “After Sunday he will have some injections in it and see if that can clear it up. He’s been carrying it for a few weeks. Maybe the only cure is a bit of rest but maybe the injections might clear it up. The specialist thinks it will clear up but it will need around 10 days rest afterwards. We are hoping it will be OK.”

Despite his injury he was called  up for England’s Euro 2012 squad by Roy Hodgson. Parker made 4 appearances at Euro 2012, playing 352 minutes of football. He was subbed off in extra time in England’s quarter-final game against Italy.

If Parker has to undergo surgery he could be sidelined until September and will miss Spurs’ opening Premier League game at Newcastle on August 18th.

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