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Tottenham's Benoit Assou-Ekotto faces a month on sidelines with knee injury

Updated: Sunday, 16 Sep 2012 21:36 | Comments

Benoit Assou-Ekotto may have to undergo a minor operation
Benoit Assou-Ekotto may have to undergo a minor operation

Tottenham left-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto is likely to be out for four weeks with a knee injury, manager Andre Villas-Boas confirmed.

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

Villas-Boas said after the game that 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," Villas-Boas said.

"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 today and 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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