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Spurs boss reveals why Walker was forced off against Man City and ruled out for England

Kyle Walker, Tottenham Hotspur. Picture: Stephen Pond/EMPICS Kyle Walker, Tottenham Hotspur. Picture: Stephen Pond/EMPICS

Sunday, November 11, 2012
10:01 PM

Tottenham head coach Andre Villas-Boas has revealed that Kyle Walker was forced off in the 2-1 against Manchester City because of a hamstring injury.

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The full back was replaced by Michael Dawson with just over 10 minutes remaining in the match.

“It was an injury situation as he felt his hamstring was tight,” Villas-Boas said.

“We didn’t want to risk losing him for three or four weeks.

“We held on for a couple of minutes when he gave us the sign but we took him off.

Walker has now subsequently pulled out of England’s squad for the game against Sweden on Wednesday.

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