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Tottenham boss Redknapp praises Palacios toughness

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has praised midfielder Wilson Palacios for overcoming a groin injury to serve his club in Wednesday night's FA Cup win over Fulham.

The Honduran reportedly tore his groin on Tuesday and was all but ruled out by club medicos but got himself up to help guide the Spurs into the semi-finals of the competition, citing praise from Redknapp.

"Wilson is as tough as old boots," Redknapp said.

"He tore a groin in training the day before the game, the scan showed a tear and the medical people said there was no way he could play.

"He came on the pitch at 3pm before the game, kicked a few balls and said he was okay. It was amazing really.

"That is a good sign at this club. Everyone wants to play rather than sit on the treatment table. If they have a chance they will."

Palacios admitted the match was one he was intent on playing in so put all injury worries behind him to realise a dream.

"Back in Honduras the FA Cup is always televised and we follow it a lot, it has a big impact on people there," he said.

"When you are young you dream of playing in big finals and I was no different."

Andrew Slevison
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