Spurs recorded a memorable victory in Milan on Tuesday night with a number of key players missing through injury; however one returning player is England International centre half Jonathan Woodgate, who will hope to put injury behind him and feature in Spurs’s continued success.
Woodgate replaced Croatian Vedran Corluka after 58 minutes of the Champions Legue tie in Italy, and the ex Leeds, Newcastle and Real Madrid man settled back into the team quickly showing assurance and confidence to help his team to a clean sheet. Woodgate had not featued for Spurs in over a year, as a long term groin injury threatened to call time on the defender’s career, but he is now very glad to be back into first team football. “It was a great feeling to get back,” Woodgate told Sky Sports News.
At 31 Woodgate is coming towards the end of his playing career, but the defender will hope he has a few seasons left to help his current employers to domestic and European success, with the most important thing staying injury free and stringing together appearances to build up his match fitness. The return of the accomplished Woodgate will be like a new signing for Harry Redknapp and will increase competition for places between himself, Gallas, Dawson and Bassong – with Ledley King still not ready to return to action.
Woodgate’s playing career:
Leeds United, 103 appearances, 1998–2003
Newcastle United, 28 appearances, 2003-2004
Real Madrid, 9 appearances, 2004 – 2006
Middlesbrough, 46 appearances, 2006 – 2008
Tottenham Hotspur, 49 appearances, 2008 – current
Woodgate has also played eight times for England