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Arsenal hero Merson fears worst for Tottenham defender Woodgate

Former Arsenal and Aston Villa star Paul Merson fears the worst for Tottenham defender Jonathan Woodgate.

Due to injury concerns, Woodgate did not make Tottenham's Premier League list.

Merson wrote in his column for the Daily Star: "Not being named in Tottenham's squad of 25 is a huge blow to the defender's confidence - it's got to be disheartening for him.

"If he doesn't prove his fitness to be named in Harry Redknapp's January squad then I fear it is all over for him.

"If you look at it positively, at least he doesn't have to rush himself back which could be a good thing for him in the long run.

"We will see just how badly he wants to play again because there is not that carrot of first-team football waiting for him if he does get himself fit."

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