Another injury set back for Spurs skipper Ledley King has meant that his new deal at the club has been put on hold as he seeks to prove his fitness yet again.
The injury ravaged defender has battled for years with a constant string of injuries, and he has been unable to shake off a persistent knee injury.
This lingering niggle has meant that King is unable to train with the Spurs squad and relies on a brief workout on the Friday before each match to assess whether or not he can turn out for The Lillywhites.
He is also heavily reliant on painkilling injections before each fixture, and is rarely pain free while putting in a shift for Tottenham.
In recognition of his commitment to the cause, Spurs boss Harry Redknapp was willing to offer the England international a lucrative new two year deal, but yet another injury blow this week has cast this offer into doubt.
The no-nonsense defender limped out of a recent friendly with Grays - a game in which he was playing to prove his fitness - and now his future at the club could be in doubt.
He still has one remaining on his current deal, but the offer of an extension to that is very much up in the air, as officials at White Hart Lane seek assurances as to his long term fitness.