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Tottenham's Defoe injured by weight training machine

Jermain Defoe's groin injury was caused by a weight-training machine, reports The Sun. The 27 year old Tottenham striker feared his Euro 2012 qualifying hopes were wrecked and was due to have surgery last Tuesday - three days before his hat-trick against Bulgaria.

Yet Tottenham's medical team found out the problem was caused by a machine used to strengthen his stomach muscles.

And since avoiding the device, the injury - for now at least - has gone.

Defoe scored in the 4-0 win over Young Boys 13 days ago to earn Spurs a Champions League place.

He also played all 90 minutes in the 1-0 loss to Wigan and, after no further niggles, made himself available for England.

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