Ziege facing further spell out

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Tottenham Hotspur's injury-prone defender Christian Ziege could face another spell on the sidelines after limping out of Spurs' 1-0 win over West Ham in the Carling Cup.

The German international was making his first competitive start for the White Hart Lane outfit since Boxing Day and thought he had put his injury nightmare behind him after undergoing two thigh operations.

The former Bayern Munich ace lasted just over an hour before having to limp off with a knee injury in Wednesday's win over The Hammers and was clearly down-hearted as he trudged off the field.

Ziege had completed three full games for the reserves before being thrust back into the starting XI and Spurs caretaker boss David Pleat confirmed the former Liverpool star was feeling blue but was keeping his fingers crossed that the latest problem would be a minor setback and would not require surgery.

"Christian is distraught," said Pleat. "I am not a medical man, but I am hoping it won't need an operation."

In other news, Pleat has quashed reports young Portuguese striker Helder Postiga is set to be offloaded when the transfer window reopens in January.

The former Porto front man has yet to score for the North London side since his £6.25 million move in the summer which had prompted suggestions that the club were willing to listen to offers for him in the New Year.

Pleat however, rubbished the reports and backed Postiga to break his duck: "It will come. He is a very strong player for his age and there are a lot of good things about him, but it takes a while to settle.

"We will give everyone time - we are not selling anybody. We are certainly not selling anybody we don't need to sell. We control that situation and we are not in trouble."