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Tottenham: Defensive Reinforcements on the Way as King and Gallas Near Recovery

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18:  Ledley King of Spurs clears the ball as Matt Jarvis of Wolves closes in during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Wolverhampton Wanderers at White Hart Lane on September 18, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Sean BabcockCorrespondent IISeptember 9, 2011

Tottenham Hotspur fans rejoice. Spurs' defensive woes could be nearing an end.

White Hart Lane confirmed today that centre-backs Ledley King and William Gallas are both within a "couple of weeks" of recovery, with King set to return to the pitch as early as Saturday against Wolverhampton.

King missed out on joining Tottenham's preseason training while recovering from a knee surgery in July. Earlier this week, he participated at full capacity in a training match with his teammates and is looking promising in his progress.

Gallas, on the other hand, has been dealing with a persistent calf injury that has forced him out of Tottenham's starting lineup, but he is expected to once again feature for Spurs in the coming weeks.

After dropping their first two matches of the season with an average of four goals conceded per game, it has become agonizingly clear that the injuries in Tottenham's back line have had a substantial impact on the club's ability to defend against attack-oriented squads.

To a large extent, much of the blame has been laid on their current starting centre-backs, Michael Dawson and Younes Kaboul, with Kaboul in particular emerging as a problematic presence in Spurs' defensive lineup.

With Spurs having failed to sign a new defensive player to mend the broken line before the transfer window came to a close, it comes as a significant relief to learn that two of their veteran centre-backs are nearing full capacity.

If both players can make their way back into the mix in the next few weeks, then maybe Spurs' failure to sign Gary Cahill won't be so much of a problem after all.

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