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Gomes Undergoes Surgery For Torn Meniscus

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LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 30:  A dejected Heurelho Gomes of Spurs looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on April 30, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 30: A dejected Heurelho Gomes of Spurs looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on April 30, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Interesting news out of Spurs Lodge, as Tottenham Hotspur's former starting goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes has undergone surgery on his left knee. The surgery repairs a tear of his medial meniscus which was discovered in a scan. Tottenham reports that Gomes will return to training in four weeks.

Gomes, 31, has started 95 matches for Tottenham Hotspur, yet was relegated to third keeper after Brad Friedel's arrival this summer. Gomes has reportedly been unhappy and looking for a move away from Tottenham in pursuit of more regular playing time. The injury only hurts Tottenham's chances of moving along Gomes in a money transfer, and might be forced to release the goalkeeper to get him off the wage bill this summer.

Practically for Tottenham the injury seems to mean little as Spurs pursue an FA Cup and Champions League berth. Brad Friedel has stayed healthy the entire season and Carlo Cudicini has looked as strong as ever as a number two. David Button, who recently impressed on loan with Doncaster Rovers, looks the most likely player to fill in as an emergency keeper in Gomes' absence.