Corluka to see specialist
Vedran Corluka will see a specialist today to find out how long he will be out of action for thanks to Matthieu Flamini's strong tackle in Tottenham's win over AC Milan on Tuesday. The Croatian had to be carried off on a stretcher after the former Arsenal midfielder came in with a two-footed challenge on him in the second half of the 1-0 win in the San Siro.
The right-back left the stadium on crutches with a protective boot around the injured ankle that bore the brunt of the midfielder's challenge. Corluka went for a scan yesterday and will learn the results from a meeting with a specialist today. Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp lambasted Flamini for the tackle after the match, claiming that the 24-year-old was lucky not to break his leg.
The challenge sparked rash tackles and frayed tempers that resulted in Gennaro Gattuso head-butting Joe Jordan, but referee Stephane Lannoy adjudged that Flamini's tackle was only worthy of a yellow card. UEFA announces yesterday that they had opened disciplinary proceedings against Gattuso, who could be hit with a lengthy ban.
Corluka's replacement for the last 35 minutes of the match, Jonathan Woodgate, suffered a groin injury during his time on the pitch and how long he will be out for should be known in the next 48 hours. Spurs released a statement last night saying that Woodgate had "sustained a strain of the left adductor muscle."
It was a cruel blow for the former Real Madrid defender, who was making his first appearance for the club after 15 months out with a long-standing groin injury. The club are confident that he has not suffered a recurrence of his old groin injury and is expected to be out for weeks, rather than months.
Corluka, who missed two months of last season with ankle ligament damage, admitted he feared the worst straight after the challenge, but is now confident he will be out for only four weeks. "As expected, after the leg cooled everything looks uglier. It's swollen and it really hurts me, even though the doctors assured me that it isn't so bad," Corluka told Croatian newspaper Sportske Novosti.
"Luckily nothing is broken, but I will still be out for at least four weeks. I will know for sure how bad it is today (Thursday). When I first saw my ankle, I was sure it would be at least two months, but luckily it is not so bad."