Tottenham defender Michael Dawson has suffered a slight setback in his recovery from an Achilles injury. Spurs boss Harry Redknapp raised hopes that his star defender would be back in action ahead of schedule, but the 27-year-old himself played down expectations that he was on the verge of an early comeback on Friday.

"I was outside running earlier in the week but the Achilles was still a little sore, so I've had to take a step back and concentrate on working in the gym," Dawson told Tottenham's website.

"The physios aren't too worried as I've been in a protective boot for a couple of weeks and I need to strengthen it up. I'm obviously a little down, but you never know with injuries and rehab, so we'll wait and see.

"I'll have a weekend's rest now and then it will be back to it next week.

"It's so disappointing to be injured and I was with Tom Huddlestone in the gym this week, he's also out, and it's a hard time for a footballer, it's the side of the game people don't see."

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