Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

It's Tottenham Crockspur

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

It's Tottenham Crockspur

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TOTTENHAM fans will be concerned today that yet another player is entering the treatment room. That it is new signing Freddie Kanoute who broke down only an hour into his first training session will be as much a blow to them as Glenn Hoddle.

And they will obviously be wondering whether, after Darren Anderton, has the club bought a "Sicknote Mark II".

This may seem harsh but given the worrying signals at the end of his West Ham career, questions are sure to be asked after the Frenchman's latest injury.

Although the scale of the damage is not yet clear, it appears to be a recurrence of the groin problem which blighted his last season with the Hammers and looks certain to rule him out of the start of this campaign.

Kanoute missed a large chunk of last year after failing to recover from the torn groin muscle he suffered in September.

Manager Glenn Roeder was so concerned he sent the striker to Vancouver-based specialist Alex McKechnie in an effort to finally solve the problem.

His devotion to Islam, Kanoute is a devout Muslim, also affected his record at West Ham.

Although the club respected his religious beliefs and never asked him to compromise them, they found it difficult to get the best out the player during the 40 days of Ramadan.

The festival forbids Muslims from eating or drinking during daylight hours which meant he could not always prepare properly

properly for matches during this time.

Kanoute finally returned to action for eight games during West Ham's run-in last season and the club had hoped his injury nightmare was finally over.

Before joining Spurs, he spent two days undergoing a rigorous Spurs medical, because of the club's previous history of signing players with injury problems.

When John Hartson's proposed move to Tottenham fell through three years ago when he failed a medical, his agent Jonathan Barnett said the Spurs medical policy was "so tough Mother Teresa would have struggled to pass it".

Tottenham's caution can be explained by the injury jinx which has haunted so many of their top names in recent years. …

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