Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp insists Ledley King is a major part of his plans, despite his latest injury.
Redknapp revealed King will be out for "a few weeks" after he suffered a recurrence of a hamstring problem during the 2-0 win over Sunderland two weeks ago.
King's contract expires at the end of the season, although Spurs have an option to extend it by one year, and Redknapp told the London Evening Standard: "I still value him very highly. He is a fantastic player when fit, up there with the best there is. He just needs a run of five or six games to get himself going. At the moment, he keeps picking up niggles, so he is short of match fitness, but I still think we will get enough games from this season."
Regarding England, Redknapp added: "It's just my opinion, but even if he could only play two games, he could still prove to be vital for England. What a player to have to step in if someone is out injured."