Assou-Ekotto ruled out

Left-back's knee injury could have to be 'washed up', according to AVB

Benoit Assou-Ekotto: The full-back's knee injury is causing swelling and he missed the win over Reading

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Tottenham Hotspur defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto is facing up to a month on the sidelines with a knee injury.

The Cameroon left-back has barely missed a match in the last four seasons but he sat out Sunday's 3-1 win over Reading after a niggling injury flared up.

Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas said after the game the 28-year-old may have to undergo a minor operation to rectify the problem.

"Benoit has a small fragment in his knee that makes it swell a lot," explained Villas-Boas.

"He has played through pain in the last couple of games. His knee may have to be washed up and if that happens we are looking at a four-week absence."

Kyle Naughton usually operates at right-back but he slotted in to Assou-Ekotto's position comfortably against Reading.

Villas-Boas also has the option of shifting Jan Vertonghen to left-back, where he has played numerous times for Belgium.

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