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Tottenham skipper King turns to Villa legend McGrath for inspiration

Tottenham captain Ledley King says he uses Aston Villa legend Paul McGrath as inspiration as he copes with his troublesome knees.

King said: "I haven't spoken to Paul but I've just recently started reading his book. He was a top player and I've got a lot of admiration for the way he managed to keep playing through his problems.

"I recently read some of the things he said about being injured and I can definitely relate to that. You start to doubt yourself because you know everyone else is fitter and they're training on a regular basis.

"Little things like that have helped me get my mind around it all and stay positive. He has been a big help - though he probably won't realise it.

"It's been important learning how to keep my mind clear and positive. The more negative things I think about, the more I feel sorry for myself for the things that I can't do, then I'm sure that will affect me."

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