Injuries blight Spurs' defence

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is facing a defensive crisis after losing Ledley King and Sebastien Bassong during the 3-0 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

King was substituted because of a hamstring injury yesterday, and Bassong left the field with concussion after falling awkwardly in a collision with Nicolas Anelka in the Barclays Premier League match.

Spurs are already without injured central defenders Jonathan Woodgate and Michael Dawson.

King, who does not train with the squad during the week because of a long-standing knee problem, may be out for six weeks.

“Ledley has done his hamstring,” Redknapp confirmed. “He’s the most fantastic person and player – and he’s so important for us - but if you don’t train you can’t just go out and play without doing hamstrings, groins or calves.

“Bassong doesn’t look too good, either. He got a bang on the head, and his eye’s all swollen up. It doesn’t look too clever at all. The doctor took him to hospital with concussion.

“Woodgate’s nowhere near playing again. He went to see a specialist again on Saturday and he just can’t train.

“We haven’t got to the bottom of the injury at all, what’s causing him discomfort. Dawson has a chance – he’s the one.”

Tottenham were already one down to Ashley Cole’s first-half header when Robbie Keane was denied a clear penalty after Ricardo Carvalho brought him down in the second half.

Referee Howard Webb rejected Tottenham’s penalty appeals, and Redknapp was distinctly unhappy.

“It was a nailed-on penalty, but he [Keane] tried to stay up,” said the manager. “They don’t want people diving, but if he felt he dived why didn’t he give him a yellow or a red card?

“It’s either a penalty or a red card. We had a diabolical penalty decision at Old Trafford last season when we were 2-0 up, and he gave it. He apologised for that.

“We were much the better team for the first half-hour and gave them all kinds of problems, but Ledley going off was a big turning point. Once we lost Ledley, there was no way we could deal with Didier Drogba.”

Drogba scored Chelsea’s third after Michael Ballack had put the home side two in front early in the second half.

But the shine was taken off Chelsea’s win by a late injury to their star striker.

Coach Carlo Ancelotti believes Chelsea can cope without Drogba, who was carried off in the 83rd minute with a calf problem.

The victory earned Chelsea a new club record of 11 straight wins, better than the one forged by Jose Mourinho, but Ancelotti was more concerned with the condition of his top striker.

“We don’t know precisely what happened,” said the Italian.

“It is too early. We will have to wait a few days. We hope it is only cramp. We hope tomorrow we will have a precise diagnosis of the situation. It is a calf injury, but he felt that he had cramp.

“We have played without Didier before. He is a very important player for us, a fantastic player. But I think we can play well without Didier.

“In the last game against Porto we won without Didier – and we have Nicolas Anelka, Salomon Kalou, Daniel Sturridge and Fabio Borini.”

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